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Fredrik Axel von Fersen (1719-1794), count, national council, field marshal, colonel in german and french service, married to countess Hedvig Catharina De la Gardie

In Gustaf Lundberg’s portrait of Fredrik Axel von Fersen only the breastplate and the insignia of the Order of the Sword in the buttonhole reveal that the subject is a high-ranking officer. He had just left service as a French major-general with his own regiment. The artist renders his complexion by applying various shades side by side. Highlights and reflections are distinct, while the blue coat has a pastose and opaque character.

Credit: Transferred 1866 from Gripsholms castle

Designed 1750s
Watercolour on paper
67.0 x 54.5cm
NMGrh 807
Image and text © Nationalmuseum Sweden, 2019

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