Kunststücke Abdi Pascha's, Gouverneur von Albanien bei unserer Audienz. - Scutari August 1858.
Pen-and-ink drawing on wove paper, monogrammed "VO". 142 x 182 mm. Matted.
"A demonstration given by Abdi Pasha, governor of Albania, during our audience (Scutari, August 1858)". Prince Odescalchi, member of a Vienna-based family of the Roman high nobility, painted genre as well as military scenes. Himself a military officer, he captured many events of his active years in drawings and paintings. He remains a conspicuous figure in art history especially by virtue of the portrait Friedrich von Amerling painted of the orientally garbed five-year-old prince.
With Odescalchi's autogr. note on the reverse: "begun on the 12th at 8 p.m., finished on the 13th, 11 a.m., 5 hrs". From the Ottoman collection of Herry W. Schaefer.