Count von Podewils was the Prussian Ambassador to Copenhagen and Stockholm from 1728 to 1729, and a cabinet minister for foreign affairs in Friedrich Wilhelm I's court. For a while, under Frederick The Great, he was in charge of foreign affairs. For examples of this service in the Hoffmeister Collection, see the Katalog der Sammlung Hoffmeister (Hamburg, 1999), Vol. II, p. 536-37, nos. 353-357.