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Jacob van der Schley (1715–79) after Friedrich Wilhelm von Bauer (1731–83)

The Battle of Wilhelmsthal published by Pierre Gosse Jr. and Daniel Pinet, The Hague, 1763

RCIN 733057

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Maps were printed on silk during the eighteenth century for decorative use as curtains, wall hangings or even handkerchiefs. But silk was also a practical support for military maps used in the field, as it could be folded to a small size without damage and did not tear when damp. This large map records the battle of Wilhelmsthal fought on 24 June 1762, a victory for the Allied army over the French sent to occupy Hanover, and the last major action of the Seven Years' War before the Treaty of Paris brought hostilities to an end in 1763.