Schloss Meseberg, Meseberger Dorfstraße 27, 16775 Gransee, Germania
Christian Ludwig von Kaphengst (November 25, 1743 - January 30, 1800) was a paramour of Prince Henry of Prussia, who gifted him Schloss Meseberg.
Christian Ludwig von Kaphengst was born on November 25, 1743, in Galitz, the son of Albrecht Christian von Kaphengst (1704-1773) and Henriette Dorothea von Rochow (1718-1793).
Built by the Wartensleben family in 1739 to replace a previous building on the site that had burnt down, Schloss Meseberg passed to the von der Gröben family in the second half of the century. In 1774, the property and adjacent land parcels were purchased by Prince Henry of Prussia, who resided in nearby Rheinsberg Palace, and one year later were gifted to his paramour, Kaphengst. In this way Henry complied with the command of his brother, Frederick the Great, to remove Kaphengst from the court at Rheinsberg. According to Theodor Fontane, Kaphengst was beautiful, but also greedy, vain and debauched. Kaphengst furnished and decorated the castle lavishly, commissioning ceiling frescoes from Bernhard Rode, including one depicting an apotheosis of Henry. The estate grew with the construction of additional buildings, including the stables. Under Kaphengst and his successors, the baroque garden was extended, and an English garden edging most of the lake shore was landscaped by Peter Joseph Lenné.
In 1789, von Kaphengst married Therese Toussaint (1760-1822), and had 2 sons: Johann Ludwig Friedrich Leopold von Kaphengst (1776-1850) and Karl Otto von Kaphengst (1785-1853).
He died on January 30, 1800, in Meseberg.
The ''Portrait of major Christian Ludwig von Kaphengst'' by Anton Graff is one of the lost paintings as a result of Nazi persecution.
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