Conrad Freyberg - Prince Friedrich von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen at a Parade
Prince Friedrich von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen at a Parade
Oil on canvas (relined). 40.5 x 52 cm.
Signed and dated lower right: C. Freyberg, Berlin 1885.
Conrad Freyberg, born in Stettin in 1842, began his stellar career as a painter at the court of Berlin in the 1860s. Inspired by the wars of 1866 and 1870/71, he began painting military scenes such as the Battle of Königgrätz and the Attack at Skalitz. He later settled permanently in Berlin and began a varied career as a painter of portraits, sports, hunting, parade, and representative motifs, for which he later received the title of court painter.
The present work originates from this period. It depicts Prince Friedrich von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (1843 - 1904) on horseback, possibly riding in a parade at Potsdam Palace Gardens. His military career in the Prussian army began in 1862, but the Prince resided in Berlin as of 1870.
Another work by Conrad Freyberg entitled "Prinz Friedrich von Hohenzollern vor dem 2. Garde-Dragoner-Regiment (Parademarsch)" was shown in the 1886 exhibition "Jubiläums-Ausstellung der Kgl. Akademie der Künste zu Berlin" (cat. no. 332).
Private ownership, Vienna.