ENGELBRECHT, Martin (1684-1756) engraved by STEUTTNER
Elisabetha Christina, D. G. [Queen of Prussia, wife of Frederick the Great]
Augsburg: Published by Martin Engelbrecht, circa 1745. Engraving with thick early colour with gold highlights. Printed on laid paper. In excellent condition with the exception of some minor foxing in the margins. Image size: 9 ¾ x 7 inches. Sheet size: 14 3/16 x 8 ¾ inches. Plate mark: 12 x 7 ½ inches.
A lovely portrait, with stunning early colour, of Queen Elisabetha Christina by the celebrated Augsburg engraver Martin Engelbrecht.
Martin Engelbrecht was one of the most prolific engravers and printsellers in Augsburg at the close of the 17th century. Along with his brother Christian, Martin dominated the print trade, producing some of the finest prints of his day. His outstanding portraits and landscape studies are beyond compare and his religious and allegorical engravings display a technical aptitude superior to many of his contemporaries. Martin had great success with his optical prints, which were used in perspective boxes. He is best remembered for his equestrian portraits depicting European nobility, and his engravings of Queen Elizabeth and Joseph II are numbered amongst his best work. This stunning portrait of Queen Elizabeth is a rare example with vibrant early colour and is a wonderful example of Engelbrecht's superior work.
Elizabeth Christina (1715-1797) of Brunswick-Bevern was the wife of Frederick the Great, who had no interest in women and with whom she had almost no contact at all during their rather long marriage. She did however have an official role to play as Queen of Prussia and held court at the various palaces, receiving ambasadors, entertaining the aristocracy and generally performing her cultural duty, very little of which interested Frederick.