France – Mercereau, Charles. (1822 – 1864).
Le Pas de Roland, pres de Combo, (Environs de Bayonne) / La France de Nos Jours.
Paris, F. Sinnett, . Original hand-coloured lithograph. Plate Size: 27 cm x 22 cm. Sheet Size: 34.6 cm x 26.3cm. Original lithograph. Excellent condition.
Beautiful lithographic view of the Roland Pass, a high mountain pass in the Pyrenees within the Basque country by the Cambo road. Roland, a French military commander was killed at the Battle of Roncevaux Pass. After his death he passed into legend, becoming the quintessential role model for knights and also greatly influencing the code of chivalry in the Middle Ages. There are numerous written works about the battle, some of which change and exaggerate events. The battle is recounted in the 11th century The Song of Roland, the oldest surviving major work of French literature.
Two ladies on horseback are proceeding two male walkers.
No. 208 in the ‘La France de nos Jours’ series.
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