London Publish'd Feby. 14.th 1788 by S. Vivares, Great Newport Street..
Stipple. Plate 338 x 407mm. 13¼" x 16". Very fine.
Caratacus, British king. Caratacus was one of several sons of the great British king Cunobelinus and on his father's death around AD 40 he and his brother Togodumnus appear to have divided the Catuvellaunian kingdom. Their forces opposed the Roman invasion in AD 43 but Togodumnus died shortly after the battle at the Thames and Caratacus fled west. He re-emerged five years later leading the Silures of south-east Wales. When the Romans planted fortresses at Kingsholm (Gloucester) and Wroxeter, Caratacus withdrew into central Wales and began to organize the Ordovices. In a pitched battle, perhaps near Caersws, his forces fought well but lost. He himself escaped and fled to Brigantia, but was handed over to the Romans by Queen Cartimandua.
Ex: Oettingen-Wallerstein collection.
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