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Details & Cataloguing

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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German School, after Johann Heinrich Schröder
PORTRAIT OF QUEEN LOUISE OF PRUSSIA (1776-1810), CIRCA 1810

Provenance

Sale, Christie's, Geneva, 11 November 1986, lot 233

Catalogue Note

The sitter was born near Hanover to Duke Charles of Mecklenburg and his wife Princess Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt. In 1793 she married Crown Prince Frederick William, later King of Prussia and the couple had nine children. In 1806 Prussia suffered a disastrous defeat at the battle of Jena-Amerstedt. At the Peace Treaty of Tilst in 1807, Louise bravely pleaded with Napoleon in order to try and secure better terms for her adopted country. Although her efforts were in vain, Napoleon described her as Prussia's only minister and her popularly as Queen transcends the generations. 

The Pohl-Ströher Collection of Portrait Miniatures Part II

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London