Michael de Cervantes Saavedra.
Engraving, very scarce. 129 x 76mm (5 x 3"). Cut & damaged, laid on backing sheet.
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra (c.1547-1616) the Spanish novelist, poet and playwright, famed for his magnum opus 'Don Quixote'. He took part in the Battle of Lepanto, and in fighting against the Ottoman Empire he sustained serious injuries; he suffered two chest wounds and his left hand was completely maimed, as shown in this portrait showing his left hand having been amputated. Another version of this portrait (Jacob Folkema, illustration to 'Nouvelles de Michel de Cervantes Saavedra', Amsterdam and Leipzig 1768) shows Cervantes with his left hand.
[Ref: 29571] £140.00