The SloughRepresenting The King of Prussia standing Centinal, The Empress of Germany drove by the French King, Count Bruhl riding Postillion, and the K. of P...d [Poland] Lacky.
Engraving with small margins, platemark 250 x 350mm (10 x 13¾"). Creasing. Rare.
Frederick the Great, standing as sentinel, as the Empress-Queen of Germany and Hungary where she is going. She instructs him to 'ask my Driver', Heinrich, Count von Bruhl, who says he is driving her 'into a Slough'. 'Drive on then' responds Frederick. Also included are Louis XV of France driving the horses, and King Augustus III of Poland. Satire referring to the Count von Bruhl's intrigues to embroil Prussia with Russia, in which Louis XV allied himself with the Empress-Queen. In the foreground the French Cock applies a lighted torch to the globe on the side of 'Germany', the flames of which burst out in 'America', demonstrating the consequences of European politics for the Seven Years' War beginning in America. American interest.
BM 3471; BM Ref No: 1868.0808.4089.
[Ref: 30843] £490.00