[Battle of Veillane, 1630.]
Etching. Sheet 350 x 535mm (13¾ x 21".). Trimmed close to plate, top left corner lacking, some surface wear, crease in middle. Manuscript additions in title area.
A rare view of the Battle of Veillane (or Avigliana), fought on the 10th July 1630 about 15 miles west of Turin, in which a French army under Henri II de Montmorency (1595-1632) defeated a Spanish army led by Don Carlo Doria, 1st Duke of Tursi (1576-1650). It shows Montmorency leading a cavalry charge across a ditch towards the Spanish defenders, after which he captured Doria himself. Above the scene is a festoon of military trophies and a medallion portait of Montmorency (after the oil now in the Musée Carnavalet, Paris). The battle reversed earlier French strategic losses in the War of the Mantuan Succession (1628-31) and led to the Treaty of Cherasco which ended the war on favourable terms to France.
[Ref: 28665] £650.00