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Francis I of Austria (1768-1835)

Holy Roman Emperor (Francis II) then Emperor of Austria (Francis I)

Arms of Francis I of Austria (1768-1835)

Born February 12th, 1768 in Florence , Tuscany, he is the son of Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II (1747-1792) and his wife Maria Luisa of Borbon (1745-1792), daughter of King Charles III of Spain.

He reigns as Holy Roman Emperor Francis II from March 1st, 1792 to July 12th, 1806, then as Emperor of Austria Francis I from 1804 to his death.

He marries Elizabeth-Wilhelmina von Württemberg in 1788, Maria Theresa of Bourbon-Sicily and Naples in 1790 (with whom he has four sons and eight daughters, the elder being Archduchess Marie-Louise, who marries Napoleon Bonaparte in 1810), Maria Luisa von Habsbourg-Lothringen-Este in 1808, and Caroline Augusta of Bavaria in 1816.

He passes away on March 2nd, 1835 in Vienna.

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Main portrait

"Francis I of Austria" painted circa 1832 by Friedrich von Amerling (Vienna 1803 - Vienna 1887).

Other portraits

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"Francis I of Austria in Emperor robes (detail)" by Friedrich von Amerling (Vienna 1803 - Vienna 1887).
Francis I of Austria (1768-1835)
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"Kaiser Franz I. (detail)". German school of the nineteenth century.
Francis I of Austria (1768-1835)
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"Emperor Francis II" by Josef Kreutzinger (Vienna 1757 - Vienna 1829).
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"Kaiser Franz I. von Österreich" by Adalbert Suchy (Klattau, Bohemia 1783 - Vienna 1849).
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