[Germany] Son Altesse Royal Monseigneur le Prince Ferdiand Grand Prieur de l'ordre de St. Jean de JerusalemRespectueusement Dedié à Son Altesse Royale Madame la Princesse Son Epouse [...]
Publiée a Berlin 1786. Avec Privilege
Mezzotint with very large margins, rare; platemark 645 x 395mm (25¼ x 15½"). Uncut. Creasing. Top right margin replaced (off platemark).
Ferdinand von Hompesch zu Bolheim (1744-1805), Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller (the Knights of Malta), and the first German to be elected to the office. He held the office from 1797-99. During this period, the French navy invaded Malta en route to Egypt in response to what Napoleon perceived as a provocation by Hompesch, as a result of which Malta's sovereignty was surrendered to the French. In return the French gave Hompesch a pension and helped him to establish a new headquarters for the order in Trieste, Italy. He resigned shortly after, subsequently living in Ljubljana and Montpellier, where he died in penury. Published in Berlin after a portrait by Edward Francis Cunningham (c.1741-1793?), Scottish painter the last part of whose peripatetic career was spent in that city.
Ex: collection of the late Hon C. Lennox-Boyd
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