Sam. Graf von Schmettau.Feldmareschal und Ritter des Schwarzen Adler_Ordens, Geb. den. 26ten Mrt. 1684. Gestrb. den 18ten Aug. 1751.
[Weimar: n.d., c.1808.]
Stipple with large margins. Plate 140 x 90mm (5½ x 3½").
Samuel Graf von Schmettau (1684-1751), a Prussian who began his military career by fighting in the battles of Blenheim and Malplaquet, continuing through the Austro-Turkish War of 1716-18, the wars of the Quadruple Alliance ((1718-20) & the Polish Succession (1733-8), and the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735-9). Retiring from the military he became a diplomat and became a curator of the Academy of Sciences. Continuing his education as a cartographer, he created a four-sheet plan of Berlin, regarded as the best up to that time, 'Plan de la Ville de Berlin', 1748. The portrait was published in 'Allgemeine Geographische Ephemeriden' (Universal Geographical Ephemerides (i.e. encyclopedia)) by Friedrich Bertuch et al.
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