Large sketch plan of Maastricht and its surrounding territory during the time of the siege in 1748

1748 

Plan de la ville de Maestricht.

Europe Low Countries
  • Publication date: 1748
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan and view, original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen.
  • Inventory reference: 2804

Notes

Large sketch plan of Maastricht and its surrounding territory during the time of the siege in 1748.

Possibly a preliminary drawing as there is no topographical description and some areas are left in pencil.

In black ink are the the contours of the fortifications; roads and buildings are in red ink; most of the outside lines are in pencil. The plan delineates the trenches built by the French around the city. 

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.