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Juan Gálvez (1774-1847)

Saragossa, 1808

Burning the Hospital at Saragossa c.1812-13

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured | 35.9 x 49.1 cm (image) | RCIN 735139.r

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One of eighteen views of the ruins of Saragossa following the siege of 15 June to 13 August 1808. Napoleonic Wars (1803-15): Peninsular War (1808-14)

Following the Spanish declaration of war on France in June 1808 the French army, commanded by General Jean-Antoine Verdier, repeatedly stormed the city, and was repeatedly repulsed. The result was a Spanish victory, the French being compelled to lift the siege and retreat.

For more information on this set, see RCIN 735139; the other views can be found at RCINs 735139.a-q, s.

  • Juan Gálvez (1774-1847) (artist)

    Fernando Brambila (1763-1832) (artist)

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: heavy surface dirt on both sides

  • 35.9 x 49.1 cm (neatline)

    35.9 x 49.1 cm (image)

    44.1 x 53.8 cm (platemark)

    48.6 x 58.0 cm (sheet)

  • Manuscript title:

    [No title. A supplied title in the hand of one of the royal librarians reads:] Burning the Hospital at Saragossa.

    Printed title:

    Ruinas de Zaragoza. [top of print]

    Annotations:

    George III heading: Military, Saragossa 1808 Port-folio N.o 4.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [ink, below platemark:] Burning the Hospital at Saragossa. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] 15/Nt

    George III catalogue entry:

    Saragossa 18 Prints of the Ruins of Saragossa, the Attacks of the French in 1808, and Portraits of the principal persons concerned in its defence: by Juan Galbez and Fernando Brambila.

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

  • Subject(s)

    Zaragoza, Aragon, Spain (41°39'21"N 00°52'38"W)

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