Mezzotint, very scarce. Sheet 500 x 350mm, 19¾ x 13¾". Trimmed to plate, several paper cracks, damaged.
Portrait of Don Manuel Francisco Domingo de Godoy (1767-1851), seated before the goddess Peace, who holds an olive branch above him. Behind is a bust of Charles IV, who made Godoy Prime Minister of Spain in 1792. Godoy has given the title of '1st principe de la Paz' (1st Prince of the Peace) in 1795 for negotiating the Treaty of Basel, which withdrew Spain from the War of the First Coalition against revolutionary France. This proved to be a disaster for Spain: the closer ties with France led to war with Portugal and Great Britain, the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, then popular revolt against Charles IV in 1808. Godoy went into exile and was not allowed to return until 1844.
[Ref: 24477] £320.00