Le général Charles Kniaziewicz occupant le Capital Romain, et y établissamt le quartier général de la l130gion polonaise d'Italie le 3 Mai 1798, (14 floréal an VI de la république).
[Paris, n.d., c. 1840.]
Steel engraving. Sheet 185 x 270mm, 7¼ x 10½".
A parade of the Polish Legions under Karol Kniaziewicz, in the Piazza del Campidoglio, Rome, after the French & Poles occupied the city in May 1798. 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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