To the Right Hon.ble Earl Spencer, This View of Porto Ferrajo,from within the Bay, is with great respect inscribed by his Lordships obedient Servant, James Weir.
London, Published by Ja.s Daniell, 480, Strand, April, 1814.
Aquatint with large margins, printed in colours and hand finished. 275 x 390mm, 10¾ x 15¼". Repaired damage in margin.
A view of the Fort at Portoferraio on the island of Elba. Major James Weir of the Royal Marines commanded two companies of the Maltese Light Infantry (or 'Cacciatori Maltesi', which translates as 'Maltese Hunters), which garrisoned Portoferraio and took part in the defence of Elba against the French in 1800. The engraver Jukes originally published four of Weir's views of Portoferraio in 1799; this edition by James Daniell seems to have been published to capitalise on renewed interest in Elba because of Napoleon's exile there. However this evaporated with his escape and subsequent exile to the far more remote St Helena.
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