Hand coloured engraving. Sheet size: 305 x 465mm (12 x 18¼"). Trimmed inside plate at top and bottom. Paper slightly toned.
The Peninsular War (1807–1814) was a military conflict between the First French Empire and the allied powers of Spain, Britain and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula during the Napoleonic Wars. The siege of Madrid was the final French success during Napoleon’s only campaign in Spain. Napoleon himself arrived at Madrid at noon on 2nd December and on the morning of 4th December the French accepted the surrender of the defenders. This battle scene depicts Napoleon, surrounded by his officers, as prisoners are presented to him to the right of the image. The French cavalry can be seen in troops in the background to the left, with the city of Madrid burning in the distance.
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