Horrified, the jaegers killed Szolnoky on the spot, ramming him through with their bayonets. The prisoner, a pauper from the valley, could only murmur a few words before he succumbed to sepsis in the days that followed. The emperor absolved his men of the murder and ordered all of Szolnoky’s portraits to be rounded up and burned, with their ashes buried in an unmarked but consecrated grave.

Only two Szolnoky works are known to survive: the Sepia Woman and the Rusted Duke.

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