The northern fortifications of Brussels
Manuscript Plan of the Fortifications of Brussels
- Publication date: 1746
- Physical description: Manuscript plan with original hand colouring.
- Dimensions: 224 by 455mm. (8.75 by 18 inches).
- Inventory reference: 2896
The siege of the city took place between January and February. A French army under the overall command of Maurice de Saxe, in a bold and innovative winter campaign besieged and captured Brussels, which was then the capital of the Austrian Netherlands, from its Austrian garrison. After the French made two breaches in the walls of Brussels, the Austrian defenders were compelled to surrender in a siege that lasted just three weeks. The city remained under French occupation until it was returned to Austria by the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, along with the rest of the Austrain Netherlands.