Mustapha III.Nat: d. 20 Dec. 1715. In Sol: evect: d. 29. Oct: 1757.
Engraving with very large margins. 230 x 165mm (9 x 6½").
Mustafa III (1717-74), Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1757. He sought to modernise the Empire but was not strong enough to overcome the reactionary Janissaries and imams. However, he did manage to get foreign advisers to reform the infantry and artillery, and ordered the founding of scientific academies. Knowing the weakness of the army he avoided war, allowing Russia to annex the Crimea. Portrait in elaborate border with three figures responding to the image.
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