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Rapin’s Plan of the Siege of Cardona

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Rapin’s Plan of the Siege of Cardona

Date of publication:

  • 1745
  • Printed Measurement:

  • 38 x 48.5 cm
  • Colour:

  • modern
  • Engraver:

  • Isaac Basire
  • Plan of Cardona, a strong City and Castle of Catalonia, upon the River Cardoner as besieged by the French and defended by the Allies

    This plan of the Siege of Cardona (Catalonia, 1714) was published in Nicholas Tindal's continuation of Rapin de Thoyras's History of England; many of the maps illustrating the work depict military actions fought by the British during the campaigns of the War of the Spanish Succession, mostly in Spain and the Low Countries. Read more

    The Allies in the context of this conflict were Spanish supporters of the Habsburg Archduke Charles of Austria, with the backing of Austrian, British, Dutch, Prussian and Portuguese troops, and they faced a Franco-Spanish Bourbon army. At stake was the European balance of power, which would shift dramatically if the Bourbon Philip V was able to unify Spain and France.

    Cardona was the last Catalonian redoubt of Archduke Charles’ supporters and the war ended in compromise shortly afterwards: Philip V remained King of Spain but was excluded from the French line of succession, precluding a union between the two kingdoms.

    Condition & Materials

    Copper engraving, 38 x 48.5 cm, engraved by Isaac Basire, recent hand-colour, blank verso. Read less