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La Bourdelaise was almost certainly not part of the collection of his father, Sir Robert, which was sold wholesale to Catherine II of Russia to pay the debts of Horace's dissolute nephew, although it joined his father's pictures at the Hermitage in 1923 as part of the Stroganov Collection, having been bought by a dealer at the dispersal of the contents of Strawberry Hill in 1842.
He was not a great general like Frederick II of Prussia or a great empire-builder like Catherine II of Russia, nor did he labour tirelessly to rationalise the administration of a conglomeration of disparate principalities like Joseph II of Austria.