Italy, 1806, Gulf of Venice, Napoleon, Reconnaissance Map



A very detailed, large-scale, hand-drawn map of the Gulf of Venice, covering the area between the Po and the Soca (Isonzo) Rivers. The map was drawn during the Napoleonic era for Prince Eugène de Beauharnais by his aide-de-camp Colonel Jean Joseph Augustin Sorbier. Beauharnais, who was Napoléon Bonaparte’s stepson and Joséphine’s son, was granted several titles by the emperor — French Prince, Prince of Venice, Viceroy of Italy, to name just a few. In 1806, after the defeated the Third Coalition, Austria ceded the Venetian Province (and thus the whole area covered in the current map), into the Kingdom of Italy, which was in effect a part of Napoleon’s empire. The map title reads: “Cróquie de la Reconnaissance faite entre Le Po et le Lizonzo Par Le Colonel Sorbier” (Reconnaissance Sketch made between the Po and the Isonzo [Rivers] by Colonel Sorbier).

• Reconnaissance manuscript sketch of the Gulf of Venice area made for Napoleon’s stepson de Beauharnais
• Fine Art Premium Giclée (Gouttelette) Print (100% cotton 340 gsm textured fine art paper)
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