Details: [MAYER, Luigi]. Turkish Encampment. London: R. Bowyer, 1809. Hand-coloured aquatint with manuscript annotation in pencil after title: "Yussuf Pasha et 300,000 hommes. 1788 a Daud Pasciaentre Constantinople et Kustchink". Image size (including text): 9 x 12 1/2 inches. Sheet size: 12 3/4 x 19 1/4 inches.
A dramatic and intriguing military scene as the Ottoman army prepares for battle
This scene occurred in 1788 at the Ottoman camp at Daud-Pascia in Romania during the Austro-Ottoman War (1788-90). It shows an honor guard flanking the entrance to the commanders' pavillion. Mayer's drawing was probably done on site as he was in effect the artist in residence to the British ambassador to Constantinople, Sir Robert Ainslie.
The War itself was inconclusive. Russia and Austria began hostilities against the Turks by agreement at the same time, trying to take advantage of the ever diminishing strength of the once awe-inspiring Ottoman military. But in this case they gained very little.
Luigi Mayer was born in Italy of German parents, but very little is known of him. His known work was done under the auspices of Robert Ainslie and includes views in Egypt, the Turkish Empire and Europe. The aquatint was engraved by William Watts for "Views in the Ottoman Dominions in Europe, in Asia and some of the Mediterranean Islands..."
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