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John Millar Watt
Massacre of the Sicilian Vespers (Original) (Signed)

Massacre of the Sicilian Vespers (Original) (Signed) by John Millar Watt at The Illustration Art Gallery

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Artist: John Millar Watt (biography)
Medium: Watercolour on Board
Size: 11" x 15" (285mm x 370mm)
Date: 1965
Signature: Signed by Artist bottom right

This is the Signed original Watercolour painting by John Millar Watt.

Sicilian Vespers, in Italian history, was the name given to the rebellion staged by the Sicilians against the Angevin French domination of Sicily; the rebellion broke out at Palermo at the start of Vespers on Easter Monday, Mar. 30, 1282. The revolt quickly spread over the island; nearly all the French in Sicily were massacred.

Although basically a move for Sicilian independence, the insurrection was instigated as part of a widespread conspiracy against the Angevin ruler of Naples and Sicily, King Charles I (Charles of Anjou, 1227–85, King of Naples and Sicily (1266–85), Count of Anjou and Provence, youngest brother of King Louis IX of France).

He took part in Louis's crusades to Egypt (1248) and Tunisia (1270), and dreamed of establishing an Angevin empire in the East. Byzantine Emperor Michael VIII Michael VIII (Michael Palaeologus), c.1225–1282, Byzantine emperor (1261–82), first of the Palaeologus dynasty.

Following the murder of the regent for Emperor John IV of Nicaea, he was appointed (1258) regent and, soon afterward (1259).

A stunning watercolour by John Millar Watt. Originally published as part four of "The Wonderful Story of France" in Look and Learn issue 165, 13th March 1965.


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John Millar Watt

John Millar Watt