Detailed plan of the French and Austrian troops’ positions surrounding Prague in 1742

1742 

Plan de la Ville de Prague et des Environs

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  • Publication date: 1742.
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen.
  • Dimensions: 520 by 540mm (20.5 by 21.25 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2820

Notes

Detailed plan of the French and Austrian troops’ positions surrounding Prague, on the 28th June 1742, during the Austrian siege of the city. The Austrian force is situated to the upper right of the plan, and coloured green; whilst the French force lies to the lower left, with cavalry and dragoons (blue) and infantry yellow.

Scale (approx.) 5cm to 1km 

Provenance

From the Library of the Dukes of Luynes.

Charles Louis d’Albert de Luynes (1717–1771) was a French nobleman and member of the House of Albert. He was the fifth Duke of Luynes as well as Duke of Chevreuse.

He took part in the war in 1733 in the War of the Polish Succession. He also took part in campaigns in 1735 and 1745, the latter in the War of the Austrian Succession, and was injured in combat at Sahay at the head of the Dragoons. He participated in the attack of Prague in 1742, and also assisted in various sieges and battles of the era.

In 1754, he was created a Colonel General of the Dragoons. From 1757 to 1771, he was the Gouverneur de Paris (Military governor of Paris), an ancient and prestigious rank representing the king in the capital. He also was created a Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit at Versailles on 2 February 1759.

He died in Paris in his Hôtel. He was buried at the Chapelle de Saint Jean l’Évangeliste at the Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris.