Christian VII. King Of Denmark, &c.Done from the Original Picture painted by Mr.Dance, for the King of Great Britain, to whom this plate (with permission) is most humbly Inscribed By His Majesty's most dutifull Subject, and most faithfull Servant, Edward Fisher.
Mezzotint with small margins, rare. 415 x 315mm (16½ x 12¼")
Christian VII (1749-1808) King of Denmark and Norway from 1766 until his death but, because of severe mental problems, was monarch in name only from 1772. In 1766 he married Princess Caroline Mathilda, a sister of King George III of Great Britain, but publicly declared it was not fashionable to love one's wife. Both he and his wife became besotted with Johann Friedrich Struensee, the royal physician, so much so that Struensee became de-facto regent. However when the queen's adultery with the doctor became known Struensee was arrested and executed. From 1784 Christian's son ruled permanently as a prince regent.
CS: 13. II. Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 36310] £240.00