6407. Rare collection of four Russian battle plates


MARTIN LE JEUNE - L'ARMESSIN - SIMONNEAU. 4 engraved battle plates of The Great Northern War between Russia and Sweden (1700-21).
Izobrazhenie batlii ... Sentiabria 28 1708  (Image of the Batttle ... near the village of Lesnaya ... September 28 1708).
Izobrazhenie konechnogo razrusheniia (Image of the final Destruction of the Swedish Army by the Russian Army after the main Battle of Poltava ... June 30, 1709).
Izobrazhenie Morskoi Batalii ... July 27 1714  (Image of the naval battle ... at Gangut [Hangö] 27 July 1714). Engraved by Maurice Baquoy after Martin le jeune.
Izobrazheni preslavnoi batalii (Image of the famous battle ...not far from Poltava, June 27 1709). Engraved by Simonneau after Martin le jeune.

Plates depicting the battle of Lesnaya 1708, Poltava 1709 and Hangö 1714. Size about 525x725 mms. All plates with Russian captions (text) beneath. Framed.
The prints were probably bought in St. Petersburg during the World War II, as the former owner was a naval attache, placed in St. Petersburg. 4 items.

Russian painter Pierre-Denis Martin le jeune (c. 1663-1742), French engravers Charles Simonneau (1645-1728) and Nikolas Martin de Larmessin (1640-1725).

Compare Snoilsky, Svenska historiska planscher (1893), pp. 208, 216. Our copies without signatures.

Battle of Lesnaya (Lesna) - small loss of upper part of left margin .
Battle of Poltava - small loss of outer upper left corner.
Battle of Poltava - small repair to outer right margin affecting plate mark.
Battle of Gangut- two small repairs to outer right margin and lower corner (Naval battle of Hangö).

Fine set of prints depicts decisive battles in the Great Northern War. At the Battle of Lesnaya the Russians defeated a Swedish force under General Lewenhaupt. The confidence of this victory contributed to the more significant victory in the Battle of Poltava, which effectively ended Sweden's role as a great power in Europe. After the Battle of Poltava King Charles XII of Sweden fled to Turkey to convince the Sultan to declare war on Russia, leading to the Russo-Turkish wars. The Russians enjoyed their first great naval victory in the Battle at Hangö leading to Russian dominance of the Baltic sea. Larmessin was commissioned by Peter the Great to engrave the battle scenes painted by Martin le jeune. The first impressions of these plates have captions in French, and the second and third set have captions in Russian.