Franz de Paula von Colloredo-Wallsee
The Emperor's Tutor
Colloredo was born and died at Vienna.
Franz de Paula
Karl Graf von Colloredo-Waldsee, Karl Graf von
Aquarelle and gouache on ivory
Franz de Paula was the Reichsgraf (German for
Count of the Empire) von Colloredo-Wallsee, which you
can also spell Waldsee, or Walsee.
He was born on May 23, 1736.
Colloredo became Austrian
Regierungsrat, in other words, counselor to the
government of Austria.
He then became tutor and adviser
Erzherzog Franz (Archduke Francis) at Florence.
Always in the inner circle
of trust of Francis, Colloredo was made Kabinettminister,
or minister of the cabinet, when Francis became Holy Roman
Emperor in 1792.
From 1801 to 1805, Colloredo and
Ludwig Cobenzl were jointly
in charge of foreign affairs.
The year 1805 was a catastrophe
for Austria (see
Battle of Austerlitz,
December 2, 1805) and rendered the two, Colloredo and Cobenzl,
Colloredo did care, but not for
long. He died on March 10, 1806.
On August 6, 1806,
Emperor Francis II was
forced to close down the entire
Holy Roman Empire.