Plan of the Siege of Ypres by the French in 1744, during the war of Austrian Succession

1744 

[OUR SHARE OF] Plan d’Ipres et de Ses Attaques par l’Armee du Roy Remarque des Jours de Travail de la Tranche, Marque par Different Couleurs la Tranche sut commance la nuit de 15. Au 16. Juin 1744.

Europe Low Countries
  • Publication date: 1744.
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with fine original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, key below title.
  • Dimensions: 560 by 420mm (22 by 16.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2713

Notes

Plan of the Siege of Ypres by the French in 1744, during the war of Austrian Succession.

The Siege of Ypres to place upon the 6th June 1744, with the town capitulating on the 25th of the same month. The plan shows the attack in great detail, with trenches — colour coded due to date of excavation, and position and range of the French batteries. 

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.