London, publish'd as the Act directs Jany 18: 1805 by J. Wilkes.
Stipple, with large margins. Plate 163 x 114mm. 6½ x 4½".
Charlemagne (c.742-814), King of the Franks and Emperor of the Romans. He was responsible for expanding the Frankish kingdom into an empire that incorporated much of Western and Central Europe. During his reign he conquered Italy and was crowned Imperator Augustus by Pope Leo III; this made him a temporary rival of the Byzantine Emperor in Constantinople. One of a number of stipple heads of Kings and Queens of similar format printed on quarto sheets, by Chapman, published by J. Wilkes, 1795-1810. They probably appeared as illustrations to the 'Encyclopaedia Londinensis, Universal Dictionary of Arts, Sciences and Literature ... Embellished by ... engravings. Compiled ... by John Wilkes'.
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