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"Carl Ernst Wilhelm Baron von Canitz", important miniature of Prusso-Russian interest!! 1808
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Good quality miniature portrait of a youthful (he appears to be about 20 years of age) Prussian military officer from the period of Napoleonic Wars. The old authentic inscription on verso provides his name - Carl Wilhelm Ernst Freiherr (Baron) von Canitz (17.11.1787 Kassel - 25.04.1850 Frankfurt am Oder). Additionally, the legend informs that he was a Nachkomme (descendant) of Berlin poet Freiherr von Canitz (Friedrich Rudolph Ludwig Freiherr von Canitz; 1654-1699).
Our brief search of the Web produced an unexpected result: this young man became later one of the most important statesmen of Prussia and, what's more, its Foreign Minister (between 1845-1848).
Moreover he is depicted in uniform of Prussian "Silesian Uhlan Regiment" in which he was transfered as a "seconde-lieutenant" in December 1808 (informatíon provided by well-known German uniformologist Oliver Schmidt).
Our image nr.8 shows him at the age of 60, three years before his death.
Carl Wilhelm Ernst Freiherr von Canitz und Dallwitz was born on the 17th of November 1787 in Kassel and died on the 25th of April 1850 in Frankfurt am Oder.
He came from an aristocratic family with roots in the present-day municipality of Thallwitz, in the Meissen-Saxonian area of the Mulde. At the University of Marburg he studied jurisprudence and then entered the service of Duke of Hesse-Kassel. During the campaign of 1806 he joined the Prussian Army. In 1812 he was assigned to the general staff of General Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg, as a part of the Prussian army departed for Russia. After the signing of the Convention of Tauroggen he entered Russian military service. Here he participated in the campaign on Berlin and Hamburg under Friedrich Karl von Tettenborn (chief of Russian Cossack detachment; CLICK HERE).
During the cease-fire in 1813 he returned to Prussian service and again served in the general staff under Yorck. After the war he belonged to the Generalkommando (Command HQ) in Breslau.
In 1821, Canitz became aide-de-camp (adjutant) to Prince Wilhelm, the brother of King Friedrich Wilhelm III of Prussia, and simultaneously was a teacher at the Allgemeine Kriegsschule (General War College), which later became the Prussian Military Academy, in Berlin. In this period he anonymously wrote the book: "Betrachtungen über die Thaten und Schicksale der Reiterei in den Feldzügen Friedrichs II. und der neuern Zeit" (English: "Observations on the Actions and Fates of the Cavalry in the Campaigns of Frederick II and Modern Times" (2 volumes; Berlin 1823-1824). When Prussia took on a mediating role in the Seventh Russo-Turkish war in 1828, Canitz was sent as envoy extraordinary to Constantinople.
In 1830 he was made chief of the general staff in the Guards Corps, and soon thereafter commander of the 1st Guards Hussar Regiment (1. Leib-Husaren-Regiment Nr. 1). At the Polish rebellion against Russi, he was in the headquarters of the Russian Field Marshal Hans Karl von Diebitsch. In 1833 he was an envoy to the court of Hesse-Kassel and was made a major-general. From 1837 he was an envoy in Hannover and Brunswyck and from 1842 to 1845 in Vienna.
After Heinrich von Bülow's resignation (1845), Canitz was appointed Foreign Minister of Prussia. He aligned his foreign policy with that of the Austrians and Russians, and also influenced domestic policy in terms of his strongly parochial outlook. On 17 March 1848 he resigned, along with the rest of the Bodelschwingh government. In May 1849 he was sent to Vienna, to secure Austria's agreement to the creation of a closer federation, as planned by Prussia. However, Canitz was forced to return empty-handed. He then took over the command of the 5th Division, in Frankfurt am Oder (as mentioned above, he died there on the 25th of April 1850).
Provenance: German private collection
We are very grateful to Mr. Oliver Schmidt for his generous help
Condition: good; in original frame
Creation Year: 1808
Measurements: UNFRAMED:5,0x4,0cm/2,0x1,6in FRAMED: 9,9x8,7cm/3,9x3,4in
Object Type: Framed miniature
Style: Portrait Miniatures
Technique: watercolor on ivory
Inscription: verso: old legend in German
Creator: Berlin School
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