(France 1663 – 1738)
(France 1659 – 1743)
69.5 x 52.1 cm (trimmed to platemark)
Pierre, the most successful member of the Drevet family engravers, was appointed Engraver to the King in 1696. This portrait of the 63 year old monarch in full court regalia is based on Rigaud's painting, completed in 1701 and exhibited at the Salon of 1704. Louis XIV wears ermine lined robes embroidered with fleurs-de-lis. The sword and sceptre, together with the 'main de justice' (a staff surmounted by a hand) and crown, are symbols of his absolute authority.
Peter Raissis, Le Grand Siècle, Sydney, 1997, cover (illus.), 8. no catalogue numbers
Wendy Symonds (Editor), Look, 'Le Grand Siècle', pg. 23, Heidelberg, Jul 1997, 23 (illus.).
Le Grand Siècle, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 16 Jun 1997–17 Jul 1997
Old Europe: Prints & drawings from the collection 1500-1800, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jun 2006–06 Aug 2006