Even though Georg von Asch had only come to Göttingen for his studies, he maintained a close relationship with the Georgia Augusta throughout his life. Due to his position as a doctor in the medical administration of the Tsarist Empire in 1763, he was able to send a multitude of objects to Göttingen. The objects spread out on the table such as the medals, the seal box as well as the rolled papers are hints of this endowment. He even bequeathed the portrait itself to his alma mater. The medal demonstratively held up by von Asch shows the general field marshal Aleksamdrovic Rumjančev (1725-1796) whom he served under as doctor for the troops during the war between Russia and Turkey. The gesture is supposed to support von Ash’s claim of having curbed the plague epidemic solely by his own measures.

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