Death of Gustavus 111, King of Sweden
Ex James Watt Collection, Morton and Eden, 13th November 2002. Lot 220.
Gustaf III was a dominant, indeed autocratic, ruler, whose political actions became increasingly unpopular among the Swedish nobility. A conspiracy to murder him was hatched by a group of aristocrats in 1792. At a fancy dress ball held at the Royal Opera in Stockholm on 16 March 1792, J.J. Anckarstram shot the King in the back. The wound was fatal, and Gustaf died on 29 March.
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