Pascal Paoli.General of the Corsicans. Engrav'd from the Original Painting,
[n.d., c. 1800.]
Engraving with large margins. Platemark: 140 x 95mm (5½ x 3¾"). Laid on backing sheet.
A portrait in a decorative oval of Filippo Antonio Pasquale di Paoli (1725 - 1807). Paoli was a Corsican patriot and leader, the president of the Executive Council of the General Diet of the People of Corsica who designed and wrote the Constitution of the state. Following the French conquest of Corsica in 1768, Paoli oversaw the Corsican resistance. Following the defeat of Corsican forces at the Battle of Ponte Novu, he was forced into exile in Britain where he was a celebrated figure. He returned after the French Revolution which he was initially supportive of. He later broke with the revolutionaries and helped to create the Anglo-Corsican Kingdom which lasted between 1794 and 1796. After the island was re-occupied by France he again went into exile in Britain where he died in 1807.
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