[France] Claude de Mesme Comte d'Avaux Con.er du Roy en ses Conseils d'Estat, Gressier de l'Ordre du St Esprit, Surintendant des Finances et Plenipotentiaire pour la Paix Generale.
Engraving. 157 x 115mm. 6¼ x 4½". Trimmed.
Portrait of Claude de Mesme, Count of Avaux, half-length, slightly turned to left, wearing sash with insignia of the Order of the Saint-Esprit over dark buttoned doublet with slashed sleeves; standing in front of window partly hidden by curtain, and opening onto a landscape. Claude de Mesme, Comte d'Avaux (1595-1650) was a French diplomat and public administrator. He served as Superintendent of Finances of France from 1649 to 1650. His first major post was that of French Ambassador to the Republic of Venice, and later in Denmark and Sweden. In 1635, he contributed to the achievement of an armistice between Sweden and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
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