Bergen Op Zoom. 1747.
Etching, very rare. Sheet size: 275 x 385mm (10¾ x 15"). Trimmed to image. Central vertical crease.
The Siege of Bergen op Zoom took place during the Austrian War of Succession, when a French army, under the command of Lowendal and the overall direction of Marshal Maurice de Saxe, laid siege and captured the strategic Dutch border fortress of Bergen op Zoom on the border of Brabant and Zealand in 1747. Bergen op Zoom was defended by allies, consisting of the Dutch, Austrians, British, Hanoverians and Hessians, that supported the Pragmatic Sanction. Although tentative peace initiatives had been put forward, neither side was willing to make meaningful concessions. The capture of Bergen op Zoom would be a signal defeat for the Dutch and would open the door for an invasion of the Dutch Netherlands. This satirical print depicts the town under seige, with four scenes in each corner showing different perspectives of the event. Lettered with captions in the image, the title above and four verses of two lines each below the image.
[Ref: 35750] £620.00