Electeur de Brandébourg.
Engraving. Platemark: 400 x 290mm (15¾ x 11¼").
A portrait of Frederick II King of Prussia (1712 - 1786). Bust-length, turned to the left with head almost facing front, wearing insignia of the Order of the Black Eagle. In an oval frame on a pedestal. Due to Frederick II's many military victories he became known as Frederick the Great. As well as his military prowess, Frederick II was a proponent of enlightened absolutism, modernised Prussian bureaucracy and reformed the judicial system. A great supporter of the French Enlightenment, Frederick often corresponded with its key figures, most notably Voltaire.
[Ref: 33864] £390.00