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Poland’s Last King and English Culture$
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Richard Butterwick

Print publication date: 1993

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207016

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207016.001.0001

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The Influence of Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

The Influence of Sir Charles Hanbury Williams

(p.86) 4 The Influence of Sir Charles Hanbury Williams
Poland’s Last King and English Culture

Butterwick Richard

Oxford University Press

In the most fundamental way, the efforts of Stanislaw August to ‘create anew the Polish world’ were made possible by Sir Charles Hanbury Williams. Williams was deeply impressed by Stanislaw's qualities. He saw himself as the man to complete young Poniatowski's education, and to prepare him for the illustrious public career that he envisaged for him. Williams suggested to Stanislaw that he come to Saxony and spend some time under his wing. The impact of the cosmopolitan Englishman upon Stanislaw's character, outlook, and tastes was decisive in many ways. Through the agency of Williams, destiny brought Poniatowski the crown of Poland. Williams had helped to make Stanislaw an Anglophile. Above all, it was the memory of their friendship that Stanislaw August kept in his heart until the end. Stanislaw August made great efforts to acquire the portrait of Williams painted by Mengs in Dresden.

Keywords:   Charles Hanbury Williams, Saxony, cosmopolitan, Anglophile, Mengs, Dresden

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