|Artist||John Sturt after Robert Streater|
|Dimensions||Image 286 x 473 mm, Sheet 300 x 475 mm|
A plan of the Battle of Naseby, fought between the main Royalist army of King Charles I and the Parliamentarian New Model Army, led by Sir Thomas Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell. The battle ultimately destroyed the Royalist force, and played a prominent role in Parliament's overall victory of the First English Civil War.
Sturt's plan, which is essentially a reduced version of Streater's 1647 illustration, places the town of Naseby at the bottom of the image, with a windmill set to the right. A cannon surrounded by troops is set in front, and slightly to the right, of the windmill, whilst to the left of the town is a camp with wagons. The main battlefield is separated into the various divisions of troops, infantry, and cavalry, each with standards, flags, and inscriptions identifying the division, and their general. Beyond the battlefield are woods and fields upon the horizon.
John Sturt (1658–1730) was an English engraver, apprenticed at 17 to Robert White, in whose manner he engraved a number of small portraits as frontispieces for books. Becoming associated with John Ayres, he engraved the most important of that writing-master's books on calligraphy.
Robert Streater (1624 -1679) was a British painter and etcher. In 1663, he was appointed Serjeant Painter, and between 1668 and 1669, painted the ceiling of the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford.
Condition: Vertical and horizontal folds as issued, glue residue patches to verso, trimmed within plate mark, some toning and creasing to sheet.