D. Gregoire Caraffe G. M. de Malte. M.C.D.LXXXI.
Coloured engraving. 155 x 105mm (6¼ x 4¼"), set in letterpress.
Portrait of Gregorio Carafa (1615 – 1690), 62nd Prince and Grand Master of the Order of Saint John (Knights of Malta) 1680 until his death in 1690. The sea battle underneath the portrait probably represents the Third Battle of the Dardanelles, in which the Venetian fleet, aided by seven Maltese galleys commanded by Carafa, gave the Ottomans their worst naval defeat since the Battle of Lepanto. As Grand Master he ordered the strengthening of Fort St. Angelo. From Alain Manesson Mallet's 'Description de L'Univers'.
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