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- Object: Grand attack on Valenciennes by the combined armies under the command of his Royal Highness, the Duke of York on the twenty-fifth of July 1793
Outline engraving of the principal fgures in the print by Bromley after Loutherbourg, showing the Duke of York at Valenciennes. 1801
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Height: 106 millimetres
Height: 380 millimetres
Width: 470 millimetres (image)
Width: 476 millimetres (sheet)
- Curator's comments
- Literature: Joppien 1973, no. 64, Bindman 1989
The painting (Hesketh Collection, Easton Neston) was commissioned in 1793 and finished in 1794, in which year it was joined by Loutherbourg's painting of Lord Howe's victory of 1 June 1794 (see 1859,0709.1577). As a military operation the attack on Valenciennes was a doubtful success, for the Duke of York was unable to press home a further attack on Dunkirk, giving the French time to regroup and defeat his Hanoverian allies, forcing the Duke in turn to retreat to the coast.
Both paintings were commissioned jointly by the Greens and Mechel shortly after the battle, and Gillray was sent with de Loutherbourg to the Netherlands to make detailed drawings (many of these are in the BM). The same two commissioned the engravings, though their publication was much delayed, and by the time Valentine Green had been bankrupted. For the contract for this print, and much more information, see Antony Griffiths in 'Print Quarterly', XX 2003, pp.374-9.
For a key-plate, see 2010,7081.7384; See 1877,0609.1822 for the etched state.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1989 May-Sep, BM, Shadow of the Guillotine: Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jan-Mar, Manchester, Whitworth AG, Britain and French Revolution
1990 Jun-Sep, Vizille, Mus Rev/Francaise, Britain and French Revolution
2001 Jun-Sep, London, Tate Britain, 'Gillray and the Art of Caricature'
- Associated events
- Associated Event: Capture of Valenciennes 1793
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