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- Object: [P]ortraict de la Rochelle, & de Forteresses q'les Rebelles y ont faict depuis les p'miers troubles iusque à p'nt. 1573.
A broadside on the siege of La Rochelle; with a coloured woodcut showing a bird's-eye view of the city of La Rochelle and its fortifications, in the background the harbour with ships, in the foreground the Royal army and its camps; with letterpress title, inscriptions, inserted text in one column. (Paris, Desprez: )
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Height: 535 millimetres (printed area)
Height: 518 millimetres (woodcut)
Width: 380 millimetres (printed area)
Width: 380 millimetres (woodcut)
- Curator's comments
- The city of La Rochelle responded to the St Bartholomew Day's Massacre (24 August 1572) by refusing to admit the royal governor and by withholding the payment of taxes. In November 1572 King Charles IX issued a declaration of war and a royal army under the command of the King's brother, Duke Henri of Anjou (the future King Henri III), laid siege to the port city from the land side. As Duke Henri lacked a fleet, La Rochelle was regularly re-supplied. The siege thus was ineffective; on the royal side it was costly in terms of money and men. On July 6th 1573 the siege was terminated, without the city having been taken. Already on 1st of July 1572, Charles X had granted freedom of Huguenot confession (Edict of Boulogne).
Published with privilege. This is the only known coloured impression of the print. One other impression is recorded in Amsterdam, which shows it in a later enlarged state.
The woodcut is coloured blue (water) and yellow (fortification).
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Associated Event: Fourth Huguenot War 1572-1573
Associated Event: Siege of La Rochelle 1572-1573
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- Acquisition notes
- This formed part of Sloane's Perrissin and Tortorel album which was transferred from the Library in 1920 (see 1920,0427.1). Although it refers to an event of the French civil war, it was published quite separately, though it was evidently bound up with the other prints at an early date.
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