[France] Monsieur Otto, Minster from the French Republic, when the Peace was made at Amiens, given to Lord Newark, by Gen.l Paoli. [Old ink mss. on label.]
Stipple and aquatint, proof before letters, printed in colours. 560 x 440mm. Very fine.
During the French Revolutionary Wars Otto remained in London under the guise of being the French Commissioner for the exchange of prisoners of war. He was, however, also Napoleon's agent and it was through him that Hawkesbury negotiated the Peace of Amiens, signed 1802. During the very brief lull in hostilities the painter Benjamin West visited Paris, with introductions from Otto to the most distinguished members of the French government. This extremely rare portrait was painted during his time in London: St Paul's Cathedral can be seen in the background.
Ex: Collection of the Hon. Christopher Lennox-Boyd.
[Ref: 7360] £750.00