Elisabeth I. Russorum Imperatrixnata 1709 d. 20 Dec.
Etching, platemark 220 x 160mm (8½ x 6¼"). Small margins. Very slight staining at top off image.
Elizaveta Petrovna (1709-62), Empress of Russia from 1741 until her death. She led Russia into the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-48) and the Seven Years' War (1756-63), and spent vast amounts of money on archectural projects in and around St Petersburg. Part of a series of portraits of European monarchs by Johann Esaias Nilson (1721-88), 'the German Watteau'. Nilson was part of a family of artists and established himself as the leading Augsburg artist of his day, whose influence extended across publishing, art academies, a role as court painter, and the decorative arts (especially ceramics).
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