Franz Anton von Hartig

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Franz de Paula Graf von Hartig and his wife Eleonore as Caritas Romana, painting by Barbara Krafft (1797), National Gallery, Prague

Franz de Paula Anton Graf von Hartig (born August 29, 1758 in Prague , † May 1, 1797 in Dresden ) was an Austrian diplomat , historian , poet and geographer .


Franz Anton was the son of the imperial envoy Adam Franz Graf von Hartig (1724–1783), later imperial minister in the Franconian - Swabian Empire , and Maria Theresa Countess Kolowrat-Krakowsky . On September 10, 1783 he married Countess Maria Eleonore von Colloredo (* February 19, 1764, † February 6, 1818), who was an excellent pianist.

Hartig, a friend of Emperor Joseph II , was Real Privy Councilor and Chamberlain . In 1787, at the age of only 29, he became envoy and plenipotentiary minister at the Electoral Saxon court in Dresden , where his son Franz de Paula Graf von Hartig was born. As early as 1794 he had to give up the diplomatic service due to a breast ailment and since then has increasingly devoted himself to literature and poetry. His works found recognition across Europe. Hartig was president of the Royal Bohemian Society of Sciences .

He was a landlord at Niemes , Wartenberg , Alteiche and Berskowitz, among others .

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