Signed and dated David Klöker fecit Ao 1652. Equestrian portrait of Carl Gustaf Wrangel. The painting was executed by Ehrenstrahl during his stay at Wrangels residence in Wolgast. This is one of the earliest equestrian portraits painted in this composition with a non-royal person, and we know from Wrangels correspondence with Ehrenstrahl at the time that he was so pleased with the result that he had Jeremias Falck make an engraving in 1655. The sword and pistols worn by Wrangel on the portrait are still in the Wrangel armoury at Skokloster Castle today.


  • Title: Count Wrangel on Horseback
  • Creator: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl
  • Date Created: 1652
  • artist: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl
  • Tags: Baroque, Equestrian portrait
  • Physical Dimensions: w 3160, h 3090 mm (without frame)
  • Artist info: David Klöcker Ehrenstrahl is largly recognized as the finest painter of the Swedish Carolingian era. The young David Klöcker made his first Swedish connection when he was hired as a notar during the peace negotiations in Westphalia 1646-48. After that he travelled to Amsterdam where he studied under the German painter Juriaen Jacobsz. Shortly after he came in contact with the Swedish Govenor General of Pomerania, Carl Gustaf Wrangel for whom he executed several paintings during his stay at Wrangels residence in Wolgast in 1651-52. He then accompanied Wrangel to Sweden where he was introduced at court and painted for the Widow Queen Maria Eleonora. Ehrenstrahl later left Sweden for a study trip to Italy and several European courts before returning and settling as court painter in 1661. He was raised to nobility and added the name Ehrenstrahl in 1674.
  • Type: Oil on canvas
  • External Link: Skokloster Castle

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