J.F. Struensee, 1824

Portrait of Count J.F. Struensee. Copy by Hans Hansen, 1824, of original by Jens Juel. Being the private physician of the mentally unstable Christian VII, the Holsteinian J.F. Struensee took advantage of this prominent and close position to the king. Using the king as his puppet he tried to instigate comprehensive reforms based on the enlightenment ideals of the day. Struensee was removed from all power, however, and sentenced to death in 1772, and subsequently beheaded. He is also thought to have been the father of Princess Louise Augusta, as he had an affair with the Queen.