Fritz. Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia. Original Vanity Fair antique print published 24th. September 1870.
On this day 24th. September in 1870 a caricature was published of Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia in Vanity Fair.
Drawn by Jean-Jacques Tissot, it depicted him in the uniform of a Prussian Army officer; an army that was in the process of crushing the French in the Franco-Prussian War.
Jehu Junior, in his article in support of the caricature wrote that, “in the present war with France it was given to him to gain the first serious footing on French soil … and to follow it up by an advance upon Paris itself.
“Fritz,”as he was described in Vanity Fair, had royal connections, not only as the son of the future king and emperor William I and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, but as the husband of Victoria Princes Royal, the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria.
Fritz was a successful Prussian officer in the Danish War of 1864, the Seven Weeks’ War of 1866, and the Franco-German War of 1870-1871. However, he was destined to wait twenty-seven years until achieving his inheritance as German Emperor and King of Prussia.
Suffering from cancer of the larynx, his reign was to last for just ninety-nine days with him dying on 15 June 1888.
In German history the year 1888 became known as the ‘Year of the Three Emperors.’
Two German Emperors, or Kaisers, died and three inherited the Imperial crown; Wilhelm I, Frederick III, and Wilhelm II.