Josef Kriehuber: Archduke Karl Ludwig, lithograph, 1862

Karl Ludwig

Archduke of Austria (non-ruling member of the dynasty)

Born 30 July 1833 in Vienna
Died 19 May 1896 in Vienna

Karl Ludwig spent the whole of his life overshadowed by his older brothers Emperor Franz Joseph and Maximilian of Mexico. A devout Catholic, he made an impact above all as an energetic advocate of anti-Liberal clericalism. Karl Ludwig withdrew completely from politics in later years; as representative of the imperial House he assumed patronage of numerous exhibitions and associations, earning him the popular epithet of ‘the exhibition archduke’. He was the progenitor of the present-day main Habsburg line.

Josef Kriehuber: Archduke Karl Ludwig, lithograph, 1862