Václav Eusebius, 2nd Prince Lobkowicz (1609–1677)
The sitter was the first and only son of Zdeněk Vojtěch Popel of Lobkowicz (1568 – 1628) and Polyxena Pernštejn (1566–1642). After finishing his studies under the Prague Jesuits, he began a carrier in the military. During the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648), he reached the ranks of colonel (1631), general and field marshal (1647). As an important member of Catholic aristocracy, he was awarded the Order of the Golden Fleece in 1644. He was a close confidant of Emperor Leopold I (1640–1705). Václav Eusebius was appointed as President of the Imperial War Council (1652), President of the Hofrat (1657), and President of the Imperial Privy Council and First Minister (1669). Because he sought out allies in the French court, he created many enemies amongst the Spanish supporters at the Habsburg court. He was eventually arrested, dismissed from all his offices and exiled to the Roudnice Castle in 1674, where he died three years later. During his life, Václav Eusebius extended his family’s properties – namely when he purchased the Silesian Duchy of Sagan and earned the title of duke in 1646. His marriage to Auguste Sophie von Pfalz-Sulzbach (1624–1682) produced his heir, Ferdinand August, 3rd Prince of Lobkowicz (1655–1715).