The procession of the captured Henry II of France through the streets of London signed 'Coke Smyth' (lower left) inscribed 'Anno 1356 Edward III/The Prince of Wales with King John of/France as his prisoner - landed at Southwark, and were met by a great/concourse of people of all ranks/the prisoner was clad in Royal/apparel. and mounted on a white steed distinguished by its size, beauty, and the richness of its fur./=*iture - The conqueror rode by his/side, in meaner apparel, carried by a Black Palfrey - and after passing through the streets of London, the King of France to his father, who came out to meet him. & Lancelots England vol 1, Page 363.' (on the reverse) oil on canvas 5 x 23 in. (12.7 x 58.4 cm.)
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Coke Smyth (fl.1842-1867)
The incident referred to occured during the 100 year's war against France, after the battle of Poitiers, 19th September 1356. It was a resounding victory for the English troops, commanded by the Black Prince, and led to the capturing of the French King Henry II. After the battle the King was brought to London where he was held captive. The resulting Treaty of Bretigny gave Edward III control of areas of Gascony, Calais and Ponthieu, on the understanding that he would give up his claim to the French throne, which he failed to do.
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