FRANCE Fort Mont-Val rien The Barrack Square antique print 1871
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FRANCE: Fort Mont-Valérien: The Barrack Square, antique print, 1871

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'The Barrack Square in the Fortress of Mont Valerien'


Fort Mont-Valérien
Fort Mont-Valérien (Fort du mont Valérien or simply Mont-Valérien) is a fortress in Suresnes a western Paris suburb, built in 1841 as part of the city's ring of modern fortifications. It overlooks the Bois de Boulogne.

History
The fortress defended Paris during the Franco-Prussian War, and remained the strongest fortress protecting the city, withstanding artillery bombardments that lasted several months. The surrender of the fortress was one of the main clauses of the armistice signed by the Government of National Defense with Otto von Bismarck on 17 January 1871, allowing the Germans to occupy the strongest part of Paris' defences in exchange for shipments of food into the starving city.
Colonel Henry of army intelligence, a key player in the Dreyfus Affair, was confined at the prison of Mont-Valérien in 1898. The day after being confined, 31 August 1898, he cut his throat with a razor that had been left in his possession, taking to the grave his secret and that of a great part of the affaire Dreyfus. (See Resolution of the Dreyfus Affair.)
During the Second World War, the fortress was used, from 1940 to 1944, as a prison by the Nazi occupiers of Paris, and it was used for executions. The Germans brought prisoners here in trucks from other locations. The prisoners were temporarily confined in an disused chapel, and they were later taken to be shot in a clearing a hundred metres away. The bodies were then buried in various cemeteries in the Paris area.

(Source Wikipedia)

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Fort Mont-Valérien

DATE PRINTED: 1871    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 15.0 x 21.5cm, 5.75 x 8.5 inches (Medium)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: The print you will receive is in Good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition compared to that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture.

ARTIST/CARTOGRAPHER/ENGRAVER: Unsigned

PROVENANCE: Illustrated London News



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