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Portrait of Marshal Nicolas Catinat, 1837

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 198 x 129 mm
  • Inv. 2014-IT

Public Domain

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The engraving shows an allegorical portrait of the French Marshal Nicolas de Catinat. Nicolas III de Catinat de La Fauconnerie, Seigneur de Saint-Gratien was initially a lawyer, but then made a military career. He took part in the Dutch War and the War of the Palatinate Succession, and in 1688 he was involved in the successful occupation of Philippsburg. In 1693, he was appointed Marshal of France for his military services. In the same year, he was victorious in the Battle of Marsaglia in Upper Italy over the allied troops of Spain, England and the troops of the Holy Roman Empire commanded by Prince Eugene of Savoy. The laurel wreath framing Catinat's portrait is entwined with a ribbon listing the locations of his military battles and victories. The battle of Marsaglia is particularly highlighted by the addition of the date 1693. The portrait medallion is enthroned on a plinth depicting infantrymen and cannoneers jubilantly greeting the victorious marshal. Below is the coat of arms of Saint-Gratien. Weapons, writing instruments and (war tactical) measuring instruments - such as a telescope and a semicircular instrument or graphometer - are draped on and in front of the pedestal. In addition, there is a stack of books with the names of ancient authors, many of whom also dealt with the history and theory of war, such as Vegetius or Frontinus.


Jean Marie Leroux RKD
Paris 1788 - Paris 1870
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Nicolas de Largillierre RKD VIAF Wikidata
Paris 1656 - Paris 1746

Title Portrait of Marshal Nicolas Catinat
Date 1837
Period 19th century
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription at the top, outside the depiction: Saluces; Suze; Garmagno; Nice; Veillantes; Stafarde; Lille; a Marseilless 1693
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Virgile; [...]; Xenop; [...]; Vegece; Polube; Frontin; Horace
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left
printed inscription outside the depiction, bottom left: Largilles pinx.
printed inscription outside the depiction, centre below: Catinat
printed inscription bottom right, outside the depiction: Leroux Sculp.
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-IT
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
Permalink https://mskgent.be/collection/work/data/2014-IT
IIIF Manifest https://imagehub.mskgent.be/iiif/3/11454/manifest.json
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300015637 portraits AAT
Keywords Iconclass 31A71 male sex; man Iconclass
31D14 adult man Iconclass
45D311 commander-in-chief, general, marshal Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(NICOLAS CATINAT) historical person (NICOLAS CATINAT) Iconclass
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