Austrian School, circa 1770 Portrait of Ernst Gideon, Freiherr von Loudoun, 92 x 77.6 cm. (36¼ x 30½ in.)

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Lot 56
Austrian School, circa 1770
Portrait of Ernst Gideon, Freiherr von Loudoun, 92 x 77.6 cm. (36¼ x 30½ in.)

Sold for £ 5,040 (US$ 6,565) inc. premium
Austrian School, circa 1770
Portrait of Ernst Gideon, Freiherr von Loudoun, half-length, in a white coat with the sash and great cross of the Order of Maria Theresa
inscribed 'Gideon Loudoun/ Baron of the Holy Roman Empire,/ Great Cross of the Order of/ Maria Theresa & General of Infantery/ in the Service of their/ Imperial Majestys. 1770.' (upper right)
oil on canvas
92 x 77.6 cm. (36¼ x 30½ in.)

Footnotes

  • Ernst Gideon, Freiherr von Loudon (or Loudoun) (1717-1789) was born in Livonia and became a career soldier from an early age. After initially fighting in various irregular corps he got a commission in an Austrian border regiment. His career took off with the Seven Years' War and in the years that followed he distinguished himself many times. In a career that continued until his death he rose to the rank of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Austria. The Empress Maria-Teresa conferred on him the title of Freiherr and he was given a peerage of the Holy Roman Empire by her husband, the Emperor Francis.
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