Portrait of a Guerilla Chief.
Pub May 8 1823 by G Humphrey 24 St James's St & 74 New Bond St.
Hand coloured etching, sheet 260 x 205mm. 10¼ x 8". Trimmed within plate. Some staining.
Caricature of a wary desperado standing on a ledge among mountain precipices, raising the trigger of his levelled musket. Below regular soldiers are marching down a mountain. He wears a tricolour cockade in his cap, a big pouch slung from his shoulder, and a sheathed bayonet. His dress is that of a peasant mountaineer rather than of a soldier, with short loose breeches, long stocking-like gaiters, and rough sandals attached to his legs by thongs. During the French invasion of Spain in 1808, the only serious resistance was from guerrillas under Francisco Javier Mina (1789 – 1817) in the mountains of Catalonia. By William Heath (1794/5 - 1840).
BM Satires: 14523.
[Ref: 14740] £180.00