Samuel Cousins after Sir Thomas Lawrence
His Serene Highness Clement Wenceslaus Lother Prince of Metternich-Winneburg, Chancellor of the Court and State of his Majesty The Emperor of Austria &c &c
17 x 22.5 inches
Metternich-Winneberg (1773-1859) was an Austrian statesman and diplomat who was pivotal in many of the political decisions that were made in Europe during the Napoleonic period and beyond. He acted as Austrian Foreign Minister from 1809 and was appointed Chancellor in 1821. He led the Austrian delegation at the Congress of Vienna (where he met Sir Thomas Lawrence) and as a reward for his services was made a prince in 1813. Under his guidance Austria allied itself alongside Russia and to a lesser extent with Prussia, thus extending its diplomatic influence far beyond the national boundaries and gaining Austria a strong position in international diplomacy.