[Cortez scuttling the Spanish fleet in Mexico, 1519.]Emulo de Agatocles: Imitador de Timarco: Digna Copia de Lauria.
[Madrid : Lit. J. Donon y Ayguals de Izco, 1849.]
Lithograph with hand colour, rare. Printed area 350 x 445mm (13¾ x 17¾").
Hernán Cortez watching his ships sink, having scuttled his fleet to strand his troops in Mexico, preventing a possible mutiny. The title compares him to three historical figures: Agathocles, tyrant of Syracuse; Timarchus, tyrant of Miletus, and Roger of Lauria (c. 1245 – 17 January 1305), a Sicilian admiral in the service of Aragon. Drawn and lithographed by Vicente Urrabieta Ortiz for 'Colección de láminas de la Historia de la Marina Real Española. Litografías de los Mejores Artistas Españoles.'
[Ref: 35916] £380.00