French School – Louis XV

18th Century


This portrait depicts Louis XV, King of France (1710-1774) as a youth dressed in armour with the blue sash of the Order of Saint Esprit under an ermine-lined blue cloak embroidered with a fleur-de-lys motif and secured with a ruby brooch.

Known as Louis the Well Beloved, Louis XV succeeded his great-grandfather to rule as King of France and Navarre from the age of five until his death in 1774. Although he was betrothed in 1721 to the heiress of Spain, she was considered too young and so he married instead an older Polish princess who provided him with an heir.

Watercolour on vellum set within a gold mount frame with a silver backing.

Item Ref. 4951

Size: oval, 68 x 54mm

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