Friedrich und Ziethen.Lasst ihn schlafen, er hatt lange genug fur uns gewacht. [Let him sleep, he has watched long enough for us.]
und ausgefuhrt Ao. 1800 sechs monat vor seinem Ende zu haben bei den Erben.
Engraving with very large margins. Platemark: 460 x 560mm (18 x 22"). Light staining to sheet. Small tears in margins. Tear in title area. Two small holes in printed area.
Hans Joachim von Zieten (1699 - 1786), also known as Ziethenstraße or simply Zieten, was one of the most famous generals of Prussian history and a close confidant of King Frederick the Great. In this scene, showing Frederik the Great asleep in his chair at the head of the table surrounded by a number of figures, Zieten, in the centre of the image, tells his companions to let the King sleep. He explains that the king has watched over them for long enough, now it is their turn to do the same for him. Friedrich II was a brilliant military campaigner who, in a series of diplomatic stratagems and wars against Austria and other powers, greatly enlarged Prussia's territories and made Prussia the foremost military power in Europe. He was an enlightened monarch who favoured the French language and art, and built Sanssouci, a palace in the French Rococo style in Potsdam, near Berlin.
[Ref: 33680] £820.00