Engraving. 195 x 120mm (7¾ x 4¾"). Glued to backing sheet.
Selim II (1524-1574), son of Suleiman the Magnificent known as 'Selim the Drunkard'. Among his few successess was the capture of Cyprus in 1571, but the destruction of the Ottoman fleet at the Battle of Lepanto the same year has been pinpointed as the beginning of the slow deline of the Empire. The portrait is taken from a Turkish-school painting and was published in Demetrius Cantemir's 'History of the Growth and Decay of the Ottoman Empire'.
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