Capitulation de la Ville de Malte,le 14 prairial, an 6.e.
[Paris: Auber, 1804.]
Etching with 4 pages of text. 230 x 305mm (9 x 12").
A view of the capture of Valetta by the French, 1798. Napoleon Bonaparte was en route to Egypt when he stopped at Valletta. When his request for supplies was refused by the Knights of Malta he made ready to attack the fortress. The Grand Master, Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim, capitulated immediately, knowing he could not depend on the allegiance of the French Knights. Six days after he arrived Napoleon sailed on to Egypt, leaving Malta in French control until 1800. A popular revolt had driven the French into the safety of Valleta, which a British blockade, led by Nelson, forced the garrison to surrender. Published in the 'Collection complète des tableaux historiques de la révolution française'.
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