Christian VII, 1789

Portrait of Christian VII in his coronation robes. Painted by Jens Juel, 1789. Believed to be schizophrenic which meant that the path was clear for a coup d’ etat started by Struense, his own personal doctor who on top of everything else had an affair with the queen.

At the time of this picture the french revolution was underway, and even though this picture portrais an ever vigilant king, it was in reality his successor crown prince Frederik (VI), who in 1784 had gained control of the country, that held all power.