Detailed plan of the French build up to the siege of Antwerp which took place in May 1746
Plan commence d’Anvers a Santhoven 1746.
- Publication date: 1746
- Physical description: Manuscript plan, partly hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen.
- Dimensions: 530 by 890mm (20.75 by 35 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2809
The plan stretches from Antwerp in the west to Zandhoven in the east. The large French army can be seen positioned to the west and east of Zandhoven. The fortifications of Antwerp are clearly marked, together with the numerous forts along the River Scheldt.
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.