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This painting probably represents a Turkish encampment during the Greek War of Independence (1821–1830). It is known that Charles Bellier painted a number of scenes from these events. The Greeks rebelled against Ottoman rule, but when the Turks made an alliance with the Egyptians against them, France, Britain and Russia intervened and sent naval forces to stop the Turks. The latter were forced to accept peace, and Greece became independent.
oil on canvas
H 38.1 x W 46.3 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885