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Prince August of Prussia
  • Jean-Baptiste Isabey (1767 - 1855)
  • Prince August of Prussia
  • France
  • 1814
  • Miniature
  • Watercolour on paper
  • Sight size: 11.3 x 9.8 cm
  • Signature: 'Isabey / 1814' Pencil
    Maker's mark: 'WIESE / PARIS' Blind stamped
  • M219
  • West Gallery III
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  • Prince August of Prussia (1779-1843), a nephew of Frederick the Great, fought against Napoleon in several battles, including Jena and Kulm, before in 1806 being captured at Prenzlau (together with his aide-de-camp Von Clausewitz, the great military theoretician). Later he became a notable figure in French society. He is shown here as a splendidly dashing soldier, wearing the uniform of the Prussian Guards and the stars and badges of five orders, including the Iron Cross of Prussia. The frame, by the Parisian maker Wiese and of the mid nineteenth century, is in the form of two laurel branches. The ribbon at the bottom is inscribed 1813, 1814 and 1815 in reference to the campaigns against Napoleon which culminated at the Battle of Waterloo. This miniature demonstrates that Isabey did not confine his impressions of a dashing military man of the Napoleonic era to Frenchmen.