Patriotism, Painting and the Portuguese Empire during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars

  • Foteini Vlachou
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series (WCS)


‘Which residence will be more advantageous for a Prince: the one in which he has to live precariously, waiting or fearing that every day he will be stripped of his crown, or the one in which he can sleep restfully and with no apprehension that he will be disturbed?’, the Portuguese diplomat Luis da Cunha asked in 1736. In suggesting that the king of Portugal should move to Brazil and assume the title of the Emperor of the West, da Cunha anticipated one of the most defining moments in Portuguese imperial history, the transfer of the seat of monarchy to Brazil in 1807.1


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    Enrique Arias Anglés, ‘Influencias de John Flaxman y Gavin Hamilton en José de Madrazo y nueva lectura de La muerte de Viriato’, Archivo Espanol de Arte 58/232 (1985): 351–362Google Scholar

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