Gid. Ern. Loudon.Tiro. ad. Borysthenem [...]
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Very rare mezzotint. Sheet 740 x 515mm (29 x 20¼"). Trimmed to platemark lower edge; damaged.
Field-marshal Ernst Gideon von Loudon (1717-90), generalissimo of the Imperial Army. Briefly in the Russian army as a young man, he resigned due to lack of prospects and joined the Austrian army. He fought in the War of the Austrian Succession and Seven Years' War, after which he spent several years in retirement punctuated by recalls to service. He was also a commander in Bohemia and Moravia, served in the War of the Bavarian Succession, and the Austro-Turkish War. Engraved from a portrait by Heinrich Friedrich Füger (1751-1818), German painter who was vice-director of the Akademie der Bildensten Künste in Vienna at the time this portrait was painted in 1789. Loudon died on duty in Moravia the following year, with this print published in his memory.
[Ref: 36625] £200.00