[Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark.]
Mezzotint with small margins, platemark 355 x 255mm (14 x 10"). Very fine proof before letters; slight creasing.
Caroline Matilda, Queen of Denmark (1751-1775). The youngest child of Frederick, Prince of Wales, she married her cousin, Christian VII of Denmark, at the age of fifteen. After the birth of their first child, produced for the sake of the succession, Christian turned his attentions to a young courtesan, leaving Caroline unhappy and lonely. By 1770 she had taken Johann Friedrich Struensee, the new royal physician, as a lover, and as the king's health declined, their influence increased. However, in 1772, both were arrested, Struensee was executed soon after, and the marriage of Caroline and Christian was dissolved by divorce. She was deported on board a British Frigate and resided in Celle Castle (in Hanover, the territory of her brother, George III). her brother's territory of Hanover. She hoped to return to Denmark, but died suddenly of scarlet fever in 1775 at the age of 23. After the 1766 pastel by Francis Cotes (versions in Schlo▀museum Marienburg bei Nordstemmen and Nationalhistoriske Museum, Frederiksborg), probably executed shortly before Caroline Matilda's marriage to Christian VII.
Goodwin 107.i; CS 24.i; Neil Jeffares, Dictionary of pastellists before 1800.
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