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DATED 1815 COLORED COPPERPLATE ENGRAVING

ANTIQUE MILITARY PRINT

ALLIED COMMANDERS OF THE NAPOLEONIC WAR

HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS - THE PRINCE REGENT OF GREAT BRITAIN

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HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS - THE PRINCE REGENT OF GREAT BRITAIN

This title is normally associated with King George IV of the United Kingdom, who held it during the incapacity of his father, King George III . Regent's Park and Regent Street in London are named after him. This period is known as the English Regency, or just the Regency. The title was conferred by the Regency Act on February 5, 1811. Subject to certain limitations for a period, the Prince Regent was able to exercise the full powers of the King. The precedent of the Regency crisis in the previous decade was followed, from which George III recovered before it was necessary to appoint a Regent. The Prince of Wales continued as regent until his father's death in 1820, when he became George IV. Familiarly nicknamed "Prinny", George was unpouplar in many quarters, and was the subject of scurrilous cartoons in the press of the day relating to his various extravagances.

These contemporary etchings were published individually from May of 1815 and into 1816 and were coloured by hand at that time. Richard Evans, a well known early nineteenth century London publisher, issued the set. The etchers were John Romney (Chester, 1786-1863) and Charles James Canton. Obviously, the historic importance of these original hand-coloured etchings cannot be overlooked. To have so many portrayals of leading commanders and statesmen made at the time of the battle of Waterloo is indeed most rare. These hand coloured equestrian etchings of allied commanders were created shortly after most were in London to discuss the allied occupation of France and the establishment of a new, post Napoleonic Europe. History, however, tells us that these festivities were short-lived for at that moment Napoleon was planning his escape from the island of Elba. He would not be completely stopped until the famous battle of Waterloo in June of 1815.

This original hand-coloured engraving was printed on early nineteenth century wove paper and with large margins extending beyond the plate-mark on all sides. In excellent condition throughout, retaining all its fine lines and rich, early hand colouring. Engraving bears Richard Evans's address and publication date June 16, of 1815 Clearly this early equestrian etching of an allied commander forms a most unique and important example of military history from the Napoleonic Wars.

PROVENANCE

PUBLISHED DATE dated JUNE 16, 1815
ARTIST JOHN ROMNEY - 1786-1863
PUBLISHER RICHARD EVANS, WHITE'S ROW, SPITALFIELDS
IMAGE SIZE: approx 12 in x 8 in - There is a border running around the print.
OVERALL SIZE: approx 14 1/2 X 9 1/4 INCHES
CONDITION This original hand-coloured engraving was printed on early nineteenth century wove paper and with large margins extending beyond the plate-mark on all sides. In excellent condition throughout, retaining all its fine lines and rich, early hand colouring. Engraving bears Richard Evans's address and publication date JUNE 16, of 1815 Clearly this early equestrian etching of an allied commander forms a most unique and important example of military history from the Napoleonic Wars.This beautiful rare item would look great matted and framed. An art supply store can provide you with a selection of frames for old art treasures.