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DECKER, Paul. [The Relief of Gibraltar by Admiral Leake]
Die Gluckliche Entsezung der Haupt Vetung Gibraltar... Augsburg, Jeremias Wolff, c.1720. Etching, 430 x 400mm.
After the capture of Gibraltar by the British and Dutch under Admiral Rooke in 1704, part of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714), the combined Spanish and French force laid siege to the fortress. This plate shows Admiral Sir John Leake's attack on the enemy's fleet in the Battle of Cabrita Point, 21st March 1705, which broke the siege. The central scene is surrounded by a rococo border with trophies and allegorical figures, with an inset map of the Rock and a German-text description. Bottom right a lion stands on a shield decorated with the fleur-de-lis. The plate was etched by 'I.I.K' after a painting by Paul Decker, and was published by Wolff in 'Repraesentatio belli, ob successionem in Regno Hispanico...', a history of the War of the Spanish Succession.
[Ref: 12773]    £500.00 ($673 • €570 rates)


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