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View of Flix, 1643 (Flix, Catalonia, Spain) 41°13ʹ51ʺN 00°33ʹ00ʺE

c. 1660

Etching and engraving; printed on paper; mounted on paper (Mount Type B); gilt edges right and bottom | 15.0 x 50.4 cm (neatline) | RCIN 723021

A view of the fortress of Flix, and the Spanish siege, commanded by Juan de Garay Otáñez y Rada (1586-1650), Captain General of the Catalonian army, which he was forced to raise by Philippe, comte de La Mothe-Houdancourt (1605-24 March 1657) on 10 February 1643. Catalan Revolt (1640-1659).

The attribution of the etching to Adam Perelle is made on stylistic grounds and on the basis that he etched several views for Beaulieu's work, but so also did Gabriel Perelle (although he died in 1677 and produced fewer views), and an N. Perelle.

This print was published, sometime between 1676 and 1694, in Sebastien de Beaulieu's Les Conquêtes de Louis le Grand (see RCINs 723027.1.ay and 723027.2.fl). The print could be published in at least two formats: 1) on its own, surrounded by a decorative engraved border; 2) pasted to the bottom of an upper sheet which contained a blank oval for the insertion of a portrait or armorials (see RCIN 723027).

The date of 1642, given in the George III heading and the George III catalogue entry, appears to be an error. A description of the action, together with the dates, is given in de Serres, p.627 and in Du Londel, p.184.

  • Attributed to Adam Perelle (1640-95) (etcher)


  • Watermark: Print: none visible. Mount: cropped: anchor with a letter A within a circle.

    Condition: one fold line

  • 15.0 x 50.4 cm (neatline)

    15.8 x 50.4 cm (image)

    cropped (platemark)

    16.5 x 50.4 cm (sheet)

    21.9 x 52.4 cm (mount)

  • Printed title:

    FLIX / en Catalogne [top centre, in and below banderole]

    Additional text:

    [below view, a key, A-H, and a note, bottom right, on the geographical position of Flix.]


    George III heading: The Spaniards compelled to raise the Siege of Flix by Marshal de la Mothe Houdincourt in 1642.

    Other annotations: (Recto) [top, black pencil, erased: the old heading.] (Verso) none.

    George III catalogue entry:

    Flix The Spaniards compelled to raise the siege of Flix in Catalonia, by the Marshal de la Mothe Houdincourt in 1642.

  • Subject(s)

    Flix, Catalonia, Spain (41°13ʹ51ʺN 00°33ʹ00ʺE)

  • Bibliographic reference(s)

    M. Güell, ‘Juan de Garay, capità general de l’exèrcit de Catalunya (1649-1650)’, Aplec de Treballs (Montblanc) 25, 2007, pp. 59-80

    J. E. du Londel, Les Fastes des Rois de la Maison D’Orleans et de celle de Bourbon. depuis 1497. jusqu’à 1697, Paris 1697

    Mark McDonald, The Print Collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo. Part II, Architecture, Topography and Military Maps, 3 vols, London 2019, cat. no. 3108

    C. S. Quincy, Histoire militaire du Regne de Louis le Grand, Roy de France … Tome I, Paris 1726), p. 15

    J. de Serres, Suite du veritable Inventaire de Lhistoire de France … augmente’ en cette edition …  Part IV. Rouen 1760

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  • 25 May 2024