William Frederic King of Prussia.Drawn from the Life/
Etching with very large margins, platemark 205 x 150mm (8 x 6"). Fine impression; foxing; crease through title; tipped into album sheet. Rare.
Friedrich Wilhelm III (1770-1840) was King of Prussia from 1797 to his death, ruling during the turbulent period of the Napoleonic Wars. Having attempted to pursue a policy of neutrality, Friedrich Wilhelm entered the war in 1806. This portrait was published soon after the Treaty of Paris in May 1814, which established peace in Europe, in the wake of Napoleon's capture and exile to Elba, although his return and the Battle of Waterloo still lay ahead. Probably from a drawing by Thomas Phillips made at the time of the visit of the Allied Sovereigns to England in June 1814 to celebrate the Peace of Paris. In 1817 Phillips (who also had the rare distinction of having painted Napoleon from life, in 1802) painted a large canvas (now in Petworth House, Sussex) commemorating the event, showing Friedrich Wilhelm in profile.
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