Detailed plan of the French camp near Courtnay and the Siege of Menin in 1744, during the War of Austrian Succession

1744 

Plan des Environs de Menin et Courtray avec la Circonvalation et Attaque de Menin, et les Camps de Courtray Sous les Ordres de M. le Marechal Comte de Saxe.

Europe Low Countries
  • Publication date: 1744.
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, key to plan below title, and extensive note to upper border.
  • Dimensions: 400 by 880mm. (15.75 by 34.75 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2712

Notes

Detailed plan of the French camp near Courtnay and the Siege of Menin in 1744, during the War of Austrian Succession.

The plan contains a great amount of detail including hamlets , towns, cities, rivers, roads, forests, and fields. Each battalion is numbered and named in a key to the upper left. The key lists infantry (yellow), cavalry (blue), the dragoons (red).

Scale: (approx.) 6.5cm 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.