One of the last battles of the War of the Grand Alliance took place at Namur. Captured by the French in 1692, the fortifications were improved by Vauban. The Anglo-Dutch force was led by William of Orange and Maximilian Emanuel, Elector of Bavaria laid siege to the city on 2 July and finally forced the French surrender on the 1st of September.
This tablecloth follows the design of a tablecloth and napkin in the collection of the Museum voor Sierkunst en Oudheidkunde in Kortrijk, illustrated in A.G. Pauwels, Damast, Kortrijk, 1986, cat. no 105a and b. pp. 291-293.