[France] Jean Bart.
Stipple. Sheet size: 155 x 110mm (6 x 4¼"). Trimmed inside platemark. Laid on scrap sheet.
A portrait in an oval of French naval commander and privateer Jean Bart (1650 - 1702). Jean Bart was born in Dunkirk in 1650 and almost certainly spoke Flemish, at that time the native language in the region. When war broke out between France and the United Provinces in 1672, Bart entered the French service and became captain of one of the Dunkirk privateers. In this capacity he displayed such astonishing bravery, that Louis XIV sent him on a special mission to the Mediterranean, where he gained great distinction. He went on to achieve his greatest successes during the Nine Years' War (1688–1697).
[Ref: 34443] £65.00