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Tsar Alexander I of Russia - English School. 1820
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Tsar Alexander I of Russia - English School. 1820

Circa 1820

Measurements: Overall: 34cm (13.5in) x 29cm (11.25)

£375

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Watercolour and pencil on paper. Naive equestrian portrait of Britian’s Russian enemy / ally in the Napoleonic Wars. Contained in glazed period maple frame.

Tsar Alexander I (1777-1825), who alternately fought and befriended Napoleon I, during the Napoleonic Wars but who ultimately in 1813-15 helped form the coalition that defeated the Emperor of the French. He took part in the Allied Congress of Vienna (1814-15) and was the main driving force behind the establishment of The Holy Alliance (1815) - whereby the Emperors of Russia and Austria, and the Kings of Prussia, France, and Spain sought to promote goodwill and peace among nations upon the basis of Christianity. In reality their true object was crush any liberal movements that might demand the establishment of free governments. The British refused to sign.
 

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