20 - 23 May 1997
After Johann Heinrich Franke
Portrait of King Frederick the Great of Prussia (1712-1786), half length, wearing military uniform, decorated with the badge of the Order of the schwarzen Adler, white cuffs, gloves, and raising his cocked hat
oil on canvas
88.5 x 71.5 cm
(Probably) W. Zorer; his Sale, H.W. Lange Berlin, 5 April 1940, lot 28, with ill.
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The prototype is described in Thieme/Becker, XII, 1916, p.347; no doubt several versions were executed. The composition was also engraved by, among others, Johann Friedrich Bause. That engraving is dated 1764.
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