'De Bours Drives Merville and Treslong out of the Citadel of Antwerp', plaquette

'De Bours Drives Merville and Treslong out of the Citadel of Antwerp', plaquette

'De Bours Drives Merville and Treslong out of the Citadel of Antwerp'
Plaquette
Probably by Jacques de Jonghelinck (1530-1606)
About 1580
Southern Netherlands (Antwerp)
Bronze
Museum no. A.34-1975

From a set of reliefs depicting the events of the 4-6 November 1576 when mercenaries in the Spanish service launched a full-scale attack on Antwerp. Over 2500 citizens were murdered and 100 houses burned down, including the magnificent Town Hall. In August 1577, however, the Netherlandish coalition overthrew the Spanish troops in the Citadel. They then negotiated with the German mercenaries to withdraw.