(JOSEPH II, Holy Roman Emperor). ~ Joseph II. Empereur et Roi des Romains le 18 Aoust 1765 Paris: Chez Bligny, Lancier du Roi, Cour de Manége aux Thuileries... A présent chez Esnauts et Rapilly... [ 1774].
Engraved and etched portrait within elaborate cartouche. 336 × 240 (plate area 270 × 185 mm). Right hand margin spotted, otherwise clean.
A fine contemporary portrait, etched and engraved by Louis Jacques Cathelin after the portrait by Joseph Ducreux of 1771. It was issued as part of a series depicting the Habsburg Royal family originally made to coincide with the arrival of Marie-Antoinette (Joseph II’s sister) in France. This example is of the reimpression of 1774 with the Esnauts et Rapilly imprint. De Vinck 31