Rare manuscript plan of Battle of Saverne in 1744


Armee Commandee par Mr. le Duc d’Harcourt a Saverne en 1744

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  • Publication date: 1744
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, extensive text above plan.
  • Dimensions: 370 by 420mm (14.5 by 16.5 inches).
  • Inventory reference: 2754


Battle of Saverne in 1744, fought during the War of Austrian Succession. 


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.