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Juan Gálvez (1774-1847)

Saragossa, 1808


Aquatint with etching and engraving; printed on paper; hand coloured | 41.0 x 49.0 cm (image) | RCIN 735139.q

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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.

Ruins of the courtyard of Santa Engracia. Caused by the explosion of 13 August 1808. The French abandoned the place on the following day.

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

The upper-case letters in the title are engraved in outline.

  • Juan Gálvez (1774-1847) (artist)

    Fernando Brambila (1763-1832) (artist) [bottom left, below edge of view:] Fernando Brambila y J.n G.ez

  • Watermark: Cropped: R [or P] N

    Condition: heavy surface dirt on both sides

  • 35.5 x 49.0 cm (neatline)

    41.0 x 49.0 cm (image)

    43.3 x 55.0 cm (platemark)

    47.2 x 59.5 cm (sheet)

  • Printed title:

    RUINAS DEL PATIO DE S.TA ENGRACIA. [bottom, below view]

    Printed title:

    Ruinas de Zaragoza. [top of print]

    Additional text:

    [bottom, below title:] Causadas por la explosion del 13 de Agosto de 1808. / Al dia siguiente abandonaron los Franceses el sitio.


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

    Other annotations: (Recto) none. (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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