[Frederick William I of Prussia]Serenissimus ac Potentissimus Princeps ac Dominus, Dominus Fridericus Guilelmus, Rex Borussiae [...]
Fine mezzotint, platemark 465 x 360mm (18¼ x 14¼"). Slight surface loss below horse's front legs [touched in]; crease through centre; small margins.
Frederick William I (1688 – 1740) of the House of Hohenzollern, King of Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg (as Frederick William II) from 1713 until his death. Known popularly as the 'Soldatenkönig' (the soldier king), he married Sophia Dorothea of Hanover, daughter of George I of England, and transformed Prussia into a military power. He was father of Frederick II ('the Great'). One of several large equestrian mezzotints by Augsburg-based artist Georg Philipp Rugendas I (1666-1742), whose portraits and genre scenes were much sought-after for the decoration of palaces and large houses.
[Ref: 38338] £320.00