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Juan Gálvez (1774-1847)

Saragossa, 1808

JOSEF DE LA HERA c.1812-13

Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured | 29.9 x 17.9 cm (image) | RCIN 735139.f

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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.

An approximate translation of the text reads: Josef de la Hera. A 70-year-old carpenter. Armed only with a knife, he went for two French soldiers who had already looted a house and killed the inhabitants, he killed one of them and gave the other a good [thrashing] and presented him to the General.

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

  • Juan Gálvez (1774-1847) (artist)

    Fernando Brambila (1763-1832) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of print:] Juan Galbez [i.e. Galvez] y Fernando Brambila.

  • Watermark: None visible

    Condition: heavy surface dirt on both sides

  • 25.1 x 17.9 cm (neatline)

    9.9 x 17.9 cm (image)

    33.0 x 23.2 cm (platemark)

    41.3 x 29.7 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    JOSEF DE LA HERA. [bottom, below print]

    Printed title:

    Ruinas de Zaragoza. [top of print]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below title; text begins:] Carpintero, de edad de 76 años ...

    Annotations:

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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (Verso) [bottom right, black pencil:] 7/6 [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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