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        Sylvain Charles Valee

        Court, Joseph Desire (1797-1865) (after); French. Medium: engraving. Date: 19th Century. Valee was a distinguished French soldier and artillery commander in the French Revolutionary, Napeoleonic and Algerian Wars; made Comte by Napoleon in 1814 after successful campaigns in Spain; retained by Louis XVIII after the Boourbon restoration and reorganised the French artillery (known as the Valee system); in 1837 sent to Algeria where after his capture of Constantine he was given the baton of a Marechal de France and appointed Governor General 1837-40; Provenance: Private Collection. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.

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