Russian Loyalty and Heroism.Anecdote of the Russian Peasant of Smolensk, who being forced by the French, cooly chopped off his hand, rather than serve Bonaparte on his March toward Moscow.
Published & Sold Jan.y.1. 1816. by Edw.d. Orme, Publisher to his Majesty, and H.R.H the Prince Regent, Bond Street, corner of Brook Street, London.
Very fine coloured aquatint with large margins. Plate: 330 x 250mm (13 x 9¾").
Interior scene depicting a Russian peasants act of defiance. A central male figure with a beard, dressed in peasant costume holds an axe above his head in the act of chopping off his hand, his wife and child cower behind him. Four French soldiers enter the room, one of which holds his hands up in alarm. A soldier sits watching from a chair.
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