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Views of naval engagements and maps of battles

? Thomas Clay (active 1811-1828)

Battle of Salamanca, 1812 published 2 Feb 1813

Etching and engraving; edged with paper; pasted to the left margin of RCIN 735177.a | 16.1 x 35.1 cm (platemark) | RCIN 735177.b

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An index plate attached to the view of the Battle of Salamanca (RCIN 735177.a). Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815): Peninsular War (1808-1814).

The battle was fought on 22 July 1812 between the Allied army, commanded by General Arthur Wellesley (1st Duke of Wellington; 1769-1852), and the French, commanded, first, by General Auguste Frédéric Louis Viesse de Marmont, 1st Duke of Ragusa (1774-1852), and second, by Bertrand, comte Clausel (1772-1842) resulting in an Allied victory.

The Battle of Salamanca was won by the British army but at the cost of the life of General le Marchant (1766-1812), whose cavalry brigade can be seen on its famous charge in the right of this view. Le Marchant was the founder of the Royal Military College at High Wycombe, which had moved to Sandhurst in 1813, and a favourite of George III.

  • ? Thomas Clay (active 1811-1828) (publisher)

    ? George Robert Lewis (1782-1871) (engraver)

  • Watermark: None

    Condition: no fold lines

  • 16.1 x 35.1 cm (platemark)

    19.3 x 39.4 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    None

    Annotations:

    (Recto) [top left, black pencil, in an early nineteenth-century hand, the old heading:] Battle of Salamanca 22 July 1812. / Military. Port-folio N.o 3.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Salamanca View of the Battle of Salamanca, 22.d of July 1812: by I.A. Atkinson, engraved by G. Lewis, and published by Scriven and Clay, 1813: with an Index Plate.

  • From the collection of military and naval maps and prints formed by George III (1738-1820)

  • Subject(s)

    Salamanca, Castille and Léon, Spain (40°58'00"N 05°39'00"W)

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