[Denmark] Christianus VII. D.G. Dan: Norveg: Vandal: Gothor: Rex. Nat: d: 29. Jan: 1749.
Cum Gr: et Pr: S.C.R.M. Acad. [n.d. c.1765.]
Etching. 222 x 158mm. 8¾ x 6¼". Trimmed and laid on album page.
Christian VII (1749-1808) was King of Denmark and Norway, and Duke of Schleswig and Holstein from 1766 until his death. He was dreadful towards his wife, Princess Caroline Mathilda, a sister of King George III of Great Britain, declaring that it was not fashionable to loves one's wife, and thus he pursued a young courtisan, Stovlet-Cathrine. His neglected wife drifted into an affair with Johann Friedrich Struensee, the royal physician. Following a divorce, Struensee was arrested and later executed; the warrant was signed by Christian with indifference. He suffered from various mental problems, the symptoms of which leaned towards paranoia and schizophrenia.
See 17597 for Christian VII's wife Caroline Matilda; and 17598 for Juliana Maria, who saw Christian VII restored to the throne.
[Ref: 17593] £60.00