Monte Claros – Oil on canvas, 128 x 100 cm.
Jonas Blanking and unknown artist (ca. 1930). Painting half  way completed when given as a gift to my grand father. Completed and remodeled to interpret my child hood fascination with battle scenes and event frames in pulp fiction.
Motif traced as The Battle of Monte Claros 1665, being the ultimate standoff between the invading Spanish troops, and the defending twenty Portuguese guns mounted on the Monte Claros, east of Lissabon.
© Jonas Blanking


Monte Claros – Oil on canvas, 128 x 100 cm.
British contingent, on the Portuguese flank, under the command of Count of Mertola (Duke of Schomberg – on white horse in center)
© Jonas Blanking


Monte Claros – Oil on canvas, 128 x 100 cm.
The twenty strong, strategically positioned, Portuguese guns under the command of Antonio Luis de Meneses, that despite inferior number of troops 20 000, defeated the 40 000 strong Spanish invasion. This would be the last attempt from the Spanish empire to annex the western part of the peninsula. 
© Jonas Blanking