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Since 1763 the name 'Russborough' has been synonymous with collecting and dealing in fine art. In the closing decades of the last century the historic town of Port Hope has become home to Lord Russborough's Annex, which specialises in an individual mix of antique maps, paintings and prints.

While Lord Russborough's Annex features a great many works of museum calibre, we also offer a wonderful selection of prints priced at under $100.

An extract of our prints currently available:
Battle of Blenheim
Siege of  Philipsbourg
Battle plans from the History of England

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battleplan_blenheim

Finely detailed plan of one of the most important battles in English military history.

THE BATTLE OF BLENHEIM
Nieuwe kaart van t'Land Donawert, en Hochstett etc. alwaa de Roemwaardige Battaille, zyn voor gevallen door den Hartog van Marlebourg en Prins Eugenius, teegens Ceurvorst van Beyeren, en de Grave Tallard, den 13 Augustus 1704.

Copper engraved plan. Original hand tinting, Scales of German and French miles.
11 5/8 x 16"   (29.5 x 46 cm)  
 Ref. LRA   / /  . >EGN            PRICE CODE B

On August 13, 1704 at Blenheim (Blindheim) in Bavaria, the Allied troops under John Churchill, the first Duke of Marlborough, defeated the forces of Louis XIV in the War of Spanish Succession. In doing so Churchill saved Vienna - and ultimately England - from a French invasion.  Map of Donawert, the region around the Danube between Ulm and Donauwörth, location of the Battle of Höchstädt (Battle of Blenheim) with the victory of the Allies, August 13, 1704.
This would appear to be a later separately published version, without insets, of the map published by Nicholas Visscher and Schenk  in ca. 1720 shows battle lines of the protagonists and topographical features.

philipsborg siegeDetail of plan

A GREAT ITEM FOR MILITARY TACTICIANS

DE LETH Henri de

LA VERITABLE DESCRIPTION DU SIÊGE DE PHILIPSBOURG PAR LES FRANÇOIS Depuis le Moins de Juin 1734 (Leurs très forts retrenchements [sic] ou ligne de circonvalation autour de leur Armée. L'Action de l' investir et les attaques par les Imperiaux  sous la conduite de Prince Eugene de Savoye, le tout exactement observé et dessiné par un tres habile Ingenieur de L'Armée et presenté au publicq par Henri De Leth  à Amsterdam.)

Uncoloured Copper Engraved plan. De LethAmsterdam ca 1740 
17 7/8 x19 1/8"   (45.4 x 48.6 cm.)
 Ref. LRA 631/ EL/ dnsd > ELN                          PRICE CODE B
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This splendid siege plan shows plenty of action during the second (1734) siege of the town of  Philipsbourg [Philippsburg, nr. Karlsruhe Germany].The first was in 1688 "Philippsburg was a perfect example of how not to site a fortress. Its location was that of an idiot standing with his nose against the wall."Carl von Clausewitz [1873].  Great detail as to Circonvallation, retrenchments, ordnance trajectory lines and other details of siege investment.
Located in the Rhine river valley during the War of the Polish Succession 1733-8 to Augustus II. The Duke of Berwick led 100,000 men up the Rhine Valley in opposition to Austrian forces, of which 60,000 were detached to invest  the fortress at Philippsburg, beginning on 1 June 1734. A relief column of 35,000 under the aging Prince Eugene of Savoy (accompanied by Crown Prince Frederick of Prussia) was unsuccessful in actually relieving the siege. On 12 June Berwick was killed by a cannonball while inspecting the trenches, and command of the besiegers fell to Marshals d'Asfeld and Noailles. The fortress surrendered one month later, and the garrison withdrew to the fortress of Maintz with the honours of war. (Wikipedia)

 Henri de Leth (1703- 1766) was part of a family of engravers and mapsellers based on the Beurssluys in Amsterdam.

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