[The Spanish War of Independence.] Lebantamiento de Madrid [&] Patriotismo de Sevilla.
Two etchings with original colour, extremely scarce. Each sheet 170 x 220mm (6¾ x 8¾"). Trimmed close to printed borders, laid on one album sheet.
A pair of popular prints from a set of seven depicting the beginning of the Spanish War of Independence in 1808. The first is the famous Dos de Mayo Uprising, in which the people of Madrid rose up against the French soldiers who were trying to take the children of the Spanish king Charles IV to France. The poorly-armed population had little chance against the French army. Murat's brutal reprisals against the population inspired further revolts throughout Spain. On the 26th May it was the turn of Seville to revolt.
From a scrapbook compiled by Rev. Willaim Bradford (1780-1857), Chaplain and war artist during the Peninsula Wars.
[Ref: 33261] £580.00