Archduke Charles of Austria (1771-1847) Field Marshal, Commander in Chief of Imperial Austrian Armies in Germany

  • About the work
    Location
    Country: Austria
    City: Vienna
    Place: British Embassy

    This colour mezzotint print shows the military leader Archduke Charles of Austria wearing a white silk coat with gold braid and buttons, over a red waistcoat. He wears the sash and breast star of the Imperial Austrian Order of Maria Teressia and his hair is powdered and queued (braided from the lower back of the head). The lettering on this print tells us it is derived ‘from an original drawing made at Vienna by H. Schmidt’ and was ‘Engraved, Published and Sold’ by mezzotinter Valentine Green and also sold by ‘R. Green’. R. Green is Valentine’s son, Rupert (1767/8-1804), who went into partnership with his father in 1785, helping to run his international print-publishing business. After the business was made bankrupt in 1798, Rupert tried miniature painting to earn money, before dying at the age of just 36. He was buried in Hampstead churchyard, London.

  • About the artist
    Valentine Green, engraver of portraits and historical subjects after works by his contemporaries, was born at Salford, Worcestershire. He was intended for a career at the Bar, but without his father’s consent, became apprenticed to an obscure line engraver in Worcester. When he came to London in 1765 he began working in mezzotint and engraved nearly 400 plates over the next 40 years. In 1775 he was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy and was appointed Mezzotint Engraver to George III. In 1789 he obtained the exclusive privilege of engraving the pictures of the Dusseldorf, but was ruined when the city was besieged in 1798. In 1805 he was made Keeper of the newly founded British Institution, a post he retained until his death.
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    People
    Charles, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Teschen
    Places
    Materials & Techniques
    colour mezzotint
  • Details
    Title
    Archduke Charles of Austria (1771-1847) Field Marshal, Commander in Chief of Imperial Austrian Armies in Germany
    Date
    30 June 1799
    Medium
    Colour mezzotint
    Acquisition
    Origin uncertain
    GAC number
    15298