Plan of Namur showing the previous attacks upon the town

By GAYET, 1745 

Plan des Ville, Forts et Chateaux de Namur Avec ses Anciennes Attaques.

Europe Low Countries
  • Author: GAYET
  • Publication date: 1745.
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, key to plan below title.
  • Dimensions: 450 by 600mm. (17.75 by 23.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2705

Notes

Plan of Namur showing the previous attacks upon the town.

Namur would be taken by the French in September and October of 1746, as part of the French campaigns in the Low Countries during the War of Austrian Succession. The present plan, made in the previous year gives an overview of the earlier attacks upon the town; most notably by Louis XIV’s army in 1692 during the Nine Years War. Both trenches and batteries are clearly marked with the attack on the town marked A’ and upon the castle B’.

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.