Defeat of the British Army, 12,000 strong under the Command of Sir Edward Packenham, in the attack of the American lines defended by 3,600 Militia commanded by Major General Andrew Jackson January 8the 1815, on Chalmette plain, five miles below New Orleans on the left bank of the Mississippi. Drawn on the Field of Battle and painted by Hthe Laclotte archt. and assist Engineer in the Louisiana Army the Year 1815. [Same text in French to right.]
Etching and aquatint in sepia, sheet 545 x 695mm. 21½ x 27¼". Several closed tears from extremities, some into image. The lower right corner has been re-attached.
Magnificent and extremely scarce prospect of the battle at Chalmette Plantation, Louisiana, on January 8th 1815, the largest engagement of the Battle of New Orleans, a prolonged battle between the United Kingdom and United States which took place from December 23rd, 1814, to January 26th, 1815. American forces, commanded by General Andrew Jackson, defeated an invading British Army intent on seizing New Orleans and the vast territory America had acquired with the Louisiana Purchase. The Treaty of Ghent had been signed on December 24th, 1814, but news of the peace would not reach the combatants until February. The battle is often regarded as the greatest American land victory of the Anglo-American War of 1812 to 1815, called the 'War of 1812'. At the end of that January day, the British had 2,042 casualties: 291 killed (including Generals Pakenham and Gibbs), 1,267 wounded (including General Keane) and 484 captured or missing. The Americans had 71 casualties: 13 dead; 39 wounded and 19 missing. Seal of the United States between English and French titles. Print made by Philibert Louis Debucourt (1755 - 1832), after the painting by Jean-Hyacinthe Laclotte, composed from his first-hand sketches of the battle. Laclotte was an architect, artist and engineer born in Bordeaux. He worked in New Orleans from 1806 until 1815, where he designed the Orleans Theater and planned the Faubourg Plaisance subdivision of the city. In 1810, he had formed a partnership with Arsene Latour and opened a school of drawing, architecture, carpentry and decorating. This print comes onto the market extremely rarely (usually hand coloured). Eight impressions are known in institutional collection: at the Library of Congress, New York Public Library, Amon Carter Museum, the New Orleans Historical Society, and four at the New York Historical Society. Originally published with a separate key plate.
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