Il Principe Ragozzi che fugge vestito da donna dalla fortezza di Neustat, e va a far ribellare lUngheria.Le Prince Ragozzi qui s'enfait déguisé en habit d'une femme da la forteresse de Neustat et il va a faire révolter la Hongerie.
Ap. Antonio Zatta e Figli. G.Z.s. [Venice c.1780.].
Engraving, very scarce. Sheet 335 x 400mm, 13ź x 15ž". Trimmed within plate, some creasing and wear; small tear at top.
A scene from the life of Francis II Rákóczi (1676-1735), leader of the Hungarian uprising against the Austrian Habsburgs, 1703-11). Brought up under Austrian supervision, he was arrested when secret dealings with the French were uncovered in 1700. Sent to the fortress of Wiener Neustadt, it was expected that his trial would end with his death, but, with the aid of his wife, he managed to escape (whether in women's clothes, as shown here, or not, is unclear), fleeing to Poland. When the War of the Spanish Succession broke out in 1704 the Hungarian rebellion began, but it floundered when the Battle of Blenheim made french support evaporate. In 1711 he again went into exile, settling in Turkey. He remains a hero in Hungary. Antonio Zatta & Son, important publishers in Venice, have given the scene a very contemporary look, perhaps reflecting their current problems with the Austrians.
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