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possibly by Georg Lisiewski, after Antoine Pesne, Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia

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Title Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia
Collection Oxford Portraits: University of Oxford
Artist possibly by Georg Lisiewski, after Antoine Pesne
Date 1729-1750
Acquisition gift from Angel Carmey, 1762
Description Whole length, standing slightly to left. facing viewer; short powdered wig; white stock, blue coat with gold frogging, lined with red and red cuffs over white shirt drawn in at neck, ruffled cuffs; cuirass, lined with red, over buff tunic and breeches; high boots and spurs; star of the Order of the Black Eagle on his left breast; black and silver tasselled sash; his left hand rests on hip above sword, his right, extended, holds a baton; helmet lined with red on ground to left.; landscape background with town, windmill, and trees in distance.

Copy, perhaps by Georg Lisiewski, after the portrait painted by Antoine Pesne in 1729 (Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin; Stiftung Preussische Schloesser und Gaerten Berlin-Brandenburg). The portrait was given to the University in 1762: 'Angel Carmey F. Antq Soc donavit Effigies Car. XII Regis Suecorum/ Fred. II. Regis Borussorum' (Registrum Benefactorum, for the year 1762, Library Records b.903, Bodleian Library, II, [p.201]]). The frame is identical to that which surrounds the portrait of Karl XII of Sweden (OP 8), also given by the antiquarian, Angel Carmey, at the same time. The two portraits hang opposite each other in the South Writing School.
External Link Oxford Portraits website
Id Number Current Accession 10
Measurements 54 x 86 in.
Sitter Biographical Notes Friedrich Wilhelm I, King of Prussia (1688-1740)
Army officer and monarch
The son of Frederick I of Prussia, of the House of Hohenzollern, Friedrich Wilhelm I married Sophia Dorothea of Hanover in 1706. He succeeded to the throne in 1713 and was known as 'the Soldier King'. His energies were devoted to improving the administration and rural economy of Prussia in order to serve the needs of his army.
Artist Biographical Notes possibly by Georg Lisiewski (1674-1750)
Artist
Polish artist

after Antoine Pesne (1683-1757)
Portrait painter
Donor Biographical Notes Angel Carmey (fl. 1762-)
Antiquary
Mr Angel Carmey of Chelsea a lover of the study of antiquities' was a fellow of the Society of Antquaries. (Thomas Pownell, 'Observations on a Crystal Vase in the possession of the Earl of Bessborough', [paper given 13 Feb 1783], 7 Archeologia (178[3]), p.179
Relation References A. Wood, History and Antiquities of the University of Oxford ed. by J. Gutch, 2 vols (1792-1796), II, Part II, p.977; R. Lane Poole, Catalogue of Portraits in the possession of the University, Colleges, City, and County of Oxford, 3 vols (1912, 1925), I,
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