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Sieges, marches, encampments and battles in Germany, Italy and the Netherlands

? Nevil Tatton (active 1744-75)

Tirlemont, 1705 1744 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper; laid down on coarse linen | Scale: not stated. 1:50,000 approx. | RCIN 725049

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A map of the French lines near Tienen, with the encampments of the Allies and those of France and Spain, between Tienen and Fallais near Liège in July 1705. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with west to top.

The attribution to Nevil Tatton is made on stylistic grounds. This map would have been copied by him from an earlier map, while he was on duty in Flanders with the Duke of Cumberland's army in the 1740s during the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48). Information about past camps and marches would have been directly relevant to logistical planning during the later war.

The map covers a corridor of land stretching from Tirlemont (Tienen, Flanders 50°48'26"N 04°56'10"E) in the north-west (top right of the map) to Falais (Fallais, Walloon Region 50°36'36"N 05°10'16"E) in the south-east, passing through Hannuye (Hannut, Walloon Region 50°40'17"N 05°04'44"E).

  • ? Nevil Tatton (active 1744-75) (draughtsman)

  • Watermark: Fleur-de-lys in crowned shield, indistinct letters below; countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 88

    Condition: no fold lines; creased and surface dirt on both sides; stains from the old adhesive show through on the recto

  • Scale: not stated. 1:50,000 approx.

    39.6 x 58.2 cm (neatline)

    40.1 x 58.8 cm (image)

    41.1 x 60.2 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    No title

    Additional text:

    [bottom right, in retangular panel, a key, A-I, K-R, to the various encampments and routes of the Allied armies, bridges, the place where General Schultz passed, etc.:] Explanation.


    George III heading: The French Lines in Brabant forced by the Allies 18 July 1705.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top left, black pencil, erased and illegible.] (Verso) [bottom left, black pencil:] Duplicate; [top right, ink, crossed out in red pencil and obscured by white paper strip:] Netherlands Lines; [top right, black pencil, obscured by linen:] 6 [and:] 32 [and:] C; [bottom centre, ink, trimmed and illegible].

    George III catalogue entry: 

    Brabant A drawn Plan of part of the French Lines on the Frontiers of Brabant, forced by the Duke of Marlborough the of July O.S. 1705 [i.e. 18th July]; with the Encampments of the Armies of the Allies and those of the two Crowns [The same entry appears under the heading Lines.]

  • Probably from the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by Prince William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland (1721-65), third son of George II; subsequently acquired by George III (1738-1820)


  • Subject(s)

    Tienen, Flanders, Belgium (50°48'26"N 04°56'10"E)