[Frederic Henri Louis Prince de Prusse.]le Capitaine de Tauentzien. Dedié a Monsigneur le Duc de Nivernois L.E par son tres humble Obeissant Serviteur Jean Marc Pascal.]
[Berlin Mois de May, 1787.]
Mezzotint, proof before title. Plate: 390 x 650mm (15¾ x 25½"). Framed. Unexamined out of frame.
Full length portraits of Friedrich Heinrich Ludwig (1726-1802), Prince of Prussia, and Bogislav Friedrich Emmanuel (1760 -1824), Graf Tauentzein von Wittenberg. The prince, shown here wearing the Star of the Order of the Black Eagle, was the brother of Frederick II the Great, with whom he rowed frequently. As a general during the Seven Years' War (1756–1763) he never lost a battle, as a diplomat he helped plan the First Partition of Poland (1772) and when on two diplomatic missions to France in the 1780s. He attempted to become king of Poland, and Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a Prussian general who served in the Continental Army, suggested to Alexander Hamilton that Henry should become President or King of the United States, a short-lived possibility. Von Wittenberg joined the Prussian army in 1775; in 1793 he became the royal aide-de-camp, serving the King directly. He fought through the Napoleonic Wars and commanded the VI. Armeekorps during the Hundred Days; however Waterloo had been fought before he reached France.
A scarce portrait, only acquired by the BM in 2010 (2010,07081.6487, lettered state).
[Ref: 34635] £480.00