Ferdinand the VII leading Liberty in chains to the shrine of Our Lady of Loretto.
Hand coloured etching. Very rare. Printed area: 230 x 325mm (9 x 12¾"). Tear taped on reverse, unexamined out of frame.
A satire depicting Ferdinand VII of Spain (1784 - 1833), leading 'Liberty' in chains to the shrine of 'Our Lady of Loretto', who stands to the left holding a small child in her arms. Her dress is inscribed 'This drapery was work'd & presented to the holy virgin by the proud King of Spain in gratitude for his miraculous Restoration to his Throne & Kingdom. 1814'. After being overthrown by Napoleon in 1808, Ferdinand was forced to abdicate, with Napoleon choosing his brother Joseph Bonaparte as king of Spain. Uprisings broke out throughout the country, marking the beginning of the Peninsular War. Napoleon kept Ferdinand under guard in France for six years at the Chateau of Valençay, until 11th December 1813 when he signed the Treaty of Valençay, which acknowledged Ferdinand VII as king of Spain once again.
Not in BM.
[Ref: 35201] £240.00