Frederic Auguste Roi de Saxe Duc de Varsovie &c. &c. &c.Dédié avec permission à sa Majesté par spm très humble et très obeissant Serviteur W. Dickinson
Paris, Gravé d'après l'Original qui se trouve dans le Cabinet de Son Altesse la Prince de Benevent.
Mezzotint, sheet 725 x 475mm (28½ x 18¾) Trimmed inside platemark lower edge. Very rare.
Handsome full length portrait of Frederick Augustus I of Saxony (1750-1827). Succeeding his father as the Elector of Saxony in 1763, Frederick Augustus declined the Polish crown in 1791. He joined the coalition against Revolutionary France in 1796 and 1806, involvements which both saw defeats for his forces. After making peace with Napoleon in 1806, the title of king of Saxony was created for Frederick Augustus, with the Grand Duchy of Warsaw secured for him the following year (both titles are named in the legend to this print). Thereafter he remained loyal to France, but lost much of his territory to Prussia after the Congress of Vienna at the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815. Engraved after a portrait by Baron François Gérard (1770 - 1837), who by 1800 was the most fashionable portrait painter of his day, and thrived under Napoleon's rule in France. The British engraver William Dickinson (1746/7?-1823) emigrated to France after becoming bankrupt in London. As well as this print, he also engraved a portrait of Napoleon in 1815.
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