A pair of engravings. Sheet 365 x 240mm 14½ x 9½". Laid on album page.
Jacob Johan Anckarström (1762-1792) was a Swedish military officer who was convicted and executed for regicide. During his service as Captain in the King's regiment he was accused of slandering and fled to Stockholm. On March 16th, 1792 whilst Gustav III was visiting a masquerade ball and dinner at the Royal Opera, he received an anonymous letter containing a threat to his life; he dismissed this as 'another' threat with little or no consequences. The King was later confronted and surrounded by Anckarström and his co-conspirators, Claes Horn and Adolf Ribbing, and was shot in the back. The theatre was sealed and Anckarström was arrested; the following morning he confessed to the murder and was sentenced. He was stripped of his estates and nobility privileges and was sentenced to be cast in irons for three days and flogged; his right hand was to be cut off before his execution. In the same year, the Anckarström family changed its surname to Löwenström and donated funds for a hospital as a gift of appeasement.
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