Praelium ad Warsaviam dies Tertius 20 July 1656.
[Stockholm, n.d., c.1700.]
Etching, 300 x 565mm. 11¾ x 22¼". Creases; tear to centre of image. Laid on board.
Bird's eye view of the Battle of Warsaw (with that city in the distance upper left) on July 18, 1656 – July 20, 1656, between the armies of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and of Sweden and Brandenburg. It was a major battle in the war between Poland and Sweden in the period 1655 - 1660, also known as The Deluge (part of the Northern Wars). Latin key explanations to points of interest are set into a decorative cartouche lower left. A vignette portrait of the victorious Charles X Gustav (1622 – 1660), King of Sweden above this. In the battle, a smaller Swedish-Brandenburg force gained victory over a Polish-Lithuanian force superior in numbers, though in the long term the victory achieved little. Polish-Lithuanian losses were insignificant, and even though Swedish forces were able to reoccupy Warsaw, they were forced to abandon it soon afterward. Engraved by Dutchman Willem Swidde (1660 c. - 1714) who worked in Amsterdam and Stockholm.
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