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Trarbach, 1704

Plan de la Ville / et Chataeu [sic] de / TRAERBACH 1704 or later

Pencil, pen, ink and watercolour on paper | Scale: not stated | RCIN 725045

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A map of the fortress of Traerbach, showing the battery positions of the Allied army during the siege of 2 November to 18 December 1704, when the French garrison surrendered. War of the Spanish Succession (1701-14). Oriented with south-south-west to top.

This plan appears to have been removed from a volume of manuscript maps and plans of sieges. Other maps, perhaps in a different hand but, apparently from the same volume, are scattered throughout the collection: RCINs [724061], [724090], 725007, 725009, 725011, 725013, 725021, 725023, 725027, 725030, 725032, 725041, [725044], 725047, [725055], 725074, 725087, 725098, 726007, 726014, 726022, 726041, 726045, 726053, 726065, 726073, 726080, 726086, 726090, 727004, 727007, 727011, 727013, 727014.

  • Anonymous (cartographer)

  • Watermark: Countermark: IV

    Mark, stamped: 84

    Condition: no fold lines; gilt edges top, right and bottom. Verso: induced discolouration; remains of guard

  • Scale: not stated

    49.9 x 34.0 cm (image and neatline)

    52.8 x 36.5 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    Plan de la Ville / et Chataeu [sic] de / TRAERBACH. [top right, in rectangular panel]

    Additional text:

    [top right, below title, in title panel, a key, A-G to the town, castle, first battery, place where one went up on Friday and Sunday 23 November 1704, the second battery, approaches, etc.:] Explication. [A note at the end of the key reads:] Cette place à eté investée / le 2de Nov: les Batteries / sont tirées le 17 du méme / mois et à capitulée 18 8be / 1704 attaque par le Directeur de ms. Tronge.


    George III heading: Traerbach invested by the Allies 2 Nov. and taken 18 Dec. 1704.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [bottom left, black pencil, beneath the old heading, a rough form of the old heading]; [top right, ink:] 102. (Verso) [bottom left, red pencil:] 4/50.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Traerbach Plan dessiné de la Ville et Chateau de Traerbach investi par les Alliés le 2 et pris le 18 1704.

  • 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)

    Traben-Trarbach, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany (49°57'02"N 07°06'56"E)