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Augustus II 'The Strong' (1670–1733), King of Poland and Elector of Saxony

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Augustus ('The Strong') acquired his name through his great physical strength. He was also noted for the number of his illegitimate children – said by some to be around 365. Born in Dresden, Saxony, in 1694 he became Elector of Saxony as Frederick Augustus I. On converting to Roman Catholicism he was on two occasions elected to the throne of the Polish-Lithuanian Confederacy as Augustus II and participated in a series of wars which engulfed the area. He failed in his aim to make the Polish throne hereditary but his body is buried in Krakow and his heart in Dresden. This portrait is very similar to one in the Polish National Museum, Poznan, executed around 1718 by the French artist Louis de Silvestre (1675–1760) who was Court painter to Augustus II.

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Augustus II 'The Strong' (1670–1733), King of Poland and Elector of Saxony


oil on canvas


H 127.6 x W 103.2 cm

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gift from Reverend Andrew Planta, 1765

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