Iosephus Rex Portugalliae. nat: d: 6. Juny 1714.
Etching. 223 x 165mm. 8¾ x 6½". Trimmed and laid on album page. Foxing down left-hand edge.
Joseph I (1714-1777) the Reformer, King of Portugal. His private life was aired by his wife, Spanish Infanta, Mariana Victoria of Spain, who did not like the King's affairs and only exposed them to acquaintances. He was devoted to the Church and opera, and assembled one of the greatest collections of operatic scores in Europe. With Joseph's ascent to the throne in 1750, he placed power in the hands of Sebastiao Jose de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal, who sought to overhaul all aspects of economic, social and colonial policy to make Portugal a more efficient contender with other European powers.
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