[France] Col. de Labedoyere. Marshal Ney. Cte. de Lavalette.To the Admirers of Female Constancy and Virtue and to the Friends of Sir Robert Wilson, Mr Bruce & Mr Hutchinson.
Rare engraving. Sheet 185 x 205mm, 7¼ x 8". Trimmed within plate, losing publication line.
Three of the more notable supporters of Napoleon Bonaparte of the Hundred Days, his attempt to regain the throne of France which ended at the Battle of Waterloo. All three were condemned to death but were faithfully supported by their wives: Labedoyere's wife died of a broken heart soon after his execution; Ney's wife campaigned relentlessly for a pardon; and Lavalette's wife swopped clothes with him, allowing him to excape on the eve of his execution. The three men named in the dedication were three Englishmen who helped Lavalette escape from France, earning themselves three months' imprisonment.
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