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King Gustav III of Sweden
  • TitleKing Gustav III of Sweden
  • Technique/ MaterialOil on canvas
  • DimensionsDimensions: (h x b) 155 x 114 cm
    Frame: (h x b x dj) 209 x 149,5 x 17 cm
    Ram [med krön]: (h x b x
  • DatingSigned 1777
  • Artist/Maker Artist: Lorens Pasch d.y., Swedish, born 1733-06-06, dead 1805-04-29
  • Depicted PersonKing Gustav III, Swedish, born 1746-01-24, dead 1792-03-29
  • CategoryPaintings, Paintings
  • Classificationpainting
  • Inventory No.NM 2346
  • AcquisitionBequest 1921 the Lord in waiting Gustaf Celsing
  • ExhibitedNationalmuseum, Room 1602 18th century
  • Description
    Artist/Maker
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    When Gustav III reintroduced absolutism in a coup in 1772, he did so dressed as the absolute monarch Karl XII. Here we see the costume he wore, of his own devising and supposedly recalling the unadorned uniform of the Caroline era. But it was anything but simple: black silk breechesand the Order of the Seraphim. A white armband was the mark of the men behind the coup. On the table, we can make out the new constitution that ended the Age of Liberty.