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Title French: Louis XV de France, enfant
Louis XV of France as a child
Portrait of Louis XV of France as a five-year-old King in the French coronation robes.
Date 1715-09
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions 195.6 × 141 cm (77 × 55.5 in)
Gallery 522
Accession number 60.6
Object history Rigaud was a favorite at the French court owing to the success of his portraits of Louis XIV. The painter's early work was influenced by Van Dyck, while his later style is more ornate and decorative. This canvas is one of nine versions of a portrait commissioned by the duc d'Orléans for the palace at Versailles.
Exhibition history February-April 1956: Orangerie des Tuileries.
Credit line Mary Wetmore Shively Bequest, in memory of her husband, Henry L. Shively, M.D., 1960
Inscriptions Writing verso: Fait par Hyacinthe Rigaud en Septembre 1715 [Made by Hyacinthe Rigaud in September 1715]

Ref. Constans 1995 lists a total of nine versions "de provenance royale" of the Versailles original (189 x 135 cm), including ours. The others she lists are in the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Caen, Reims and Rouen, in the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the châteaux de Compiègne, the Musée Condé, Chantilly, Hampton Court, and in Frohsdorff, near Vienna.

The composition was engraved by Pierre-Imbert Drevet and by Nicolas IV Larmessin.
References Metropolitan Museum of Art Online Gallery
Source/Photographer Joconde database: entry 000PE007238


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