Vreugde over de Vredegeslooten tusschen de Bataafsche Republiek en Engeland, te Amiens den 27 Maart A.o 1802.
Very scarce engraving with etching. Sheet 630 x 490mm (24¾ x 19¼"). Repairs, laid on backing paper.
A Dutch allegory of the Treaty of Amiens in 1802. The people dance around a plinth on which Britannia and a female allegory of the Batavian Republic stand together. To the left a female 'War' is knocked from the sky by a lightning bolt. After Holland had become a sister-republic of France after the fall of the Dutch Republic in 1795, she and her colonies became targets of the British. The Dutch had suffered considerable losses and thus the return of Cape Colony and their colonies in the West Indies (but not Ceylon) was something to be celebrated. However the ensuing peace only lasted a year and Cape colony was lost permanently in 1806. A preparatory sketch of the bottom right corner is in the Rijksmuseum.
https://www.rijksmuseum.nl/en/collection/RP-T-1888-A-1430. Trimmed impression see 40385.
[Ref: 36855] £580.00