|Artist||after Pieter Schenk|
|Dimensions||Image 225 x 180 mm, Plate 247 x 180 mm, Sheet 268 x 197 mm|
A half portrait of Joseph I, Holy Roman Emperor and King of Germany, King of Bohemia, Archduke of Austria and King of Croatia and Hungary. Joseph is depicted facing forward, with his title inscribed below, 'Iosephus Primus; Hungaria Rex, Austria Archidux. Equalis mihi Pyrrhus erat, cum Pergama solus verteret.' (Joseph the first; King of Hungary, Austria Archduke. Pyrrhus was my equal in age, when alone he overthrew Troy.) Joseph is wearing a waist length wig and full decorative armour, with a fur lined cloak draped over his left shoulder.
Joseph I (1678-1711) was Holy Roman Emperor and King of Germany, King of Bohemia, Archduke of Austria and King of Croatia and Hungary. Born in Vienna, he was of the House Habsburg and reigned as Holy Roman Emperor from 1705 until his death from smallpox in 1711.
Pieter Schenk (1660-1718 or 1719) was a Dutch engraver, mapmaker and publisher. Born in Elberfeld, Germany in 1660, Schenck moved to Amsterdam in 1683 where he became a pupil of Gerard Valck. He became a skilled exponent of mezzotint engraving, which he practised until 1695, at which point he focused on making and selling maps.
Condition: Time toning to sheet, stain to forehead, repaired vertical tear to left and bottom margins, minor creasing to lower margin.