Le général Jean Henri Dombrowski donnant lecture de sa proclimation aux Polonais le 20 Janvier 1979 (1.er pluvoise an V) devant les premiers soldats de la légion polonise d'Italie, rennis sur la place du Dôme de Milan.
[Paris, n.d., c. 1840.]
Steel engraving. Sheet 185 x 270mm, 7¼ x 10½".
A parade of the Polish Legions under Jan Henryk Dabrowski, in front of the Duomo di Milano (Milan Cathedral). After the Third Partition of Poland (1795), many Poles believed that Poland's best chance of reunification lay with the support of Revolutionary France, so fought for France and Napoleon right up until Waterloo. Here they were fighting the Austrians for control of Italy. From a painting in the collection of Leonard Chodzko (1800-71), a Polish historian active in the November Uprising of 1830 and the Great Emigration that followed it.
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