Plan of the attack and defence of Prague, during the French occupation of 1742

Plan de la Ville de Prague joint a la position du camp des Francs. Et a l'attaque de cette place en 1742.

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  • Publication date: 1742.
  • Physical description: Manuscript plan with original hand-colour, dissected and mounted on linen, key to plan to left and right margins.
  • Inventory reference: 2765


Plan of the attack and defence of Prague, during the French occupation of 1742.

The French had occupied the city as part of the Bavarian and Bohemian campaign, during the War of Austrian Succession. The French troops are shown to the right Prague with the Austrian position above the city. Trench works are marked in yellow, with the range of direction of the Austrian artillery in red. A key to the left gives details upon the redoubts and batteries of the Austrian army, and the composition of the French army.


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.