Frederick I of Wurttemberg, Portrait Plaque,
Frederick I of Wurttemberg, Portrait Plaque,
Frederick I of Wurttemberg, Portrait Plaque,
Frederick I of Wurttemberg, Portrait Plaque,

Frederick I of Wurttemberg, Portrait Plaque,

c. 1814 France

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Frederick I of Wurttemberg, Portrait Plaque, , bronze gilt, circa 1814, by Galle, bare head bust of Frederick profile right, FRIDERICUS WURTEMBURGIAE REX, rev. the remains of the Galle trade label, 90 mm, contained in original bronze frame with glass lunette. Good very fine.

Frederick I, (1754- 1816), the first King of Wurttemberg. He was of enormous stature, nearly 7 feet tall and weighing over 400 pounds). His first wife was Augusta of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel, sister of Queen Caroline, sometime wife of George IV. In 1797 he succeeded his short-reigning father as Duke Frederick III of Wurttemberg but within 3 years was forced to flee to Vienna after the French invaded.

Frederick signed his own secret peace with France and was raised to the status of a Prince-Elector in the formal peace that followed.When he agreed to provide troops to aid the French, Napoleon had him elevated to the status of King of Wurttemberg. The country left the Holy Roman Empire to join the French-backed Confederation of the Rhine and Frederick even had his daughter Catherine married to Napoleon's brother Jerome. This match did not go down well with Frederick's father-in-law, King George III.
A very pragmatic ruler, Frederick turned on his former French allies during the War of Liberation of 1813, playing up his British family ties, and was rewarded at the Congress of Vienna by having his kingship confirmed by the more established powers of Europe. Following the death of his first wife in 1788, Frederick married the Princess Royal of Great Britain. However their only child was still born.
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