Plan of the Siege of Philipsburg, detailing the French trench work between 1st June and 8th July 1734

Plan du Siege de Philisbourg Commencee la nuit du 1er au 2 Juin 1734.

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  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, key to plan lower left.
  • Dimensions: 340 by 620mm (13.5 by 24.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2755

Notes

Plan of the Siege of Philipsburg, detailing the French trench work between 1st June and 8th July 1734. Each night’s trench work is colour coded and numbered in a key to the lower left.

Scale: (approx.) 15cm 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.