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French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802)

Maps and prints of naval engagements collected by George III during the decade of war


Battle of Lodi, 1796

Bataille de Lodi / Le 21. Floreal an Répain L'Avant garde de l'Armée Francaise commandée par le Bonaparte se forme en colonne et s'élance avec la rapidité de / l'éclair sur le pont de Lodi, elle renverse l Armée...

1797 or later

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; laid down on paper, the paper backing brought round the edges of the recto | 54.5 x 65.5 cm (image) | RCIN 735041

A view of the Battle of Lodi, fought on 10 May 1796 between the French, commanded by Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821), and the Habsburg Austrian army, commanded by Feldzeugmeister [Lieutenant-General] Johann Peter Beaulieu (1725-1819) and General-Major Karl Philipp Sebottendorf van der Rose (1740-1818), resulting in a French victory. French Revolutionary Wars (1792-1802): War of the First Coalition (1792-8).

This view is engraved after the watercolour painted in 1797 by Bacler d'Albe which is now in the archives of the Service Historique de l'Armee de Terre at the Chateau de Vincennes (catalogue number B160). The artist became a General and was Napoleon's personal cartographer from 1804 to 1814, serving as the Director of the Depot de la Guerre from 1799 to 1804, and as the Chef du Bureau Topographique from 1804 to 1814.

The scene shows the second, successful, French assault with Napoleon's troops taking command of the bridge over the River Adda. The French army is firing at the Austrian troops on the other side of the river and Napoleon can be seen in the lower left corner, directing his men.

Condition: no fold lines.
  • Louis Albert Ghislain, Bacler d'Albe (1761-1824) (artist and publisher) [bottom centre:] A Milan chez le C.en Dalbe casa Diotti Borgo – monforte; [left, below view:] Point sur les lieux par Bacler Dalbe Gëographe de Bonaparte.

    Giacomo Mercoli II (1745-1825) (engraver) [right, below view:] Gravé par Mercoli Pere.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 54.5 x 65.5 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    56.2 x 71.8 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    Bataille de Lodi / Le 21. Floreal an Répain L'Avant garde de l'Armée Francaise commandée par le Bonaparte se forme en colonne et s'élance avec la rapidité de / l'éclair sur le pont de Lodi, elle renverse l Armée Autrichienne retranchée de l'autre côté de l'Adda avec 30. Pieces de canon don’t elle s'empare. [bottom, below view]

    Printed title:

    N.o 6. [top right, above view]


    [Bottom left, black pencil:] XV/41 Military Battle of Lodi 11 May 1796 Port folio No 3 G-3; [bottom right, black pencil:] 1796-13; [top left, black pencil:] 16; [top right, black pencil:] 13; [centre, obscured by paper backing:] 16.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Lodi Vue de la Bataille de Lodi gagnée par l'Armée Française commandée par le General Bonaparte sur l'Armée Autrichienne le 11 Mai 1796; par Bacler Dalbe, gravée par Mercoli, pere.

  • Subject(s)

    Lodi, Lombardy, Italy (45°18ʹ48ʺN 09°30ʹ10ʺE)

Page revisions

  • 14 March 2024