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DATED 1815 COLORED COPPERPLATE ENGRAVING

ANTIQUE MILITARY PRINT

ALLIED COMMANDERS OF THE NAPOLEONIC WAR

COUNT PLATOFF, HETMAN OF THE COSSACKS - 1751- 1818

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COUNT PLATOFF, HETMAN OF THE COSSACKS - 1751- 1818

Matvei Platov was the leader (or 'Hetman') of the Don Cossacks and a feared commander of cavalry. Platov's tactics became famous in the 1812 French invasion of Russia, when his men lived off the land and constantly harried the much stronger French forces. Using the harsh Russian winter to its best advantage, Platov continually punished the beleaguered French infantry on its retreat from Moscow. Count Platov also participated in the Battle of Leipzig and joined the Allied occupation force of Paris

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 August 11, 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.

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PUBLISHED DATE dated August 11, 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 surrounding 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 August 11, 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.