[Paris: Auber, 1804.]
Mezzotint and etching. 430 x 285mm (17 x 11¼"). Repaired tear lower left.
Oval mezzotint portrait of Jean Baptiste Kléber (1753-1800), surrounded by an etched border with engraved text and a scene of his assassination in Cairo. Published in the 'Collection complète des tableaux historiques de la révolution française'. Jean Baptiste Kléber was a French General. He served in the Austrian Army and in 1789 he joined the French National Guard. For his distinguished services in 1793 in the defence of Mainz, he was promoted to brigadier general. In 1793 he was among those in charge of suppressing the revolt in La Vendée. During the Egyptian expedition of 1798–1801 he commanded a division; after Bonaparte’s departure in August 1799, he was commander of all French troops in Egypt. In March 1800, he routed the Turkish Army at Heliopolis and forced its remnants out of Egypt. He was murdered by a Turkish nationalist.
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