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An image of Louis Le Grand by Pierre Drevet, after Hyacinthe Rigaud

Pierre Drevet

(France 1663 – 1738)

after Hyacinthe Rigaud

(France 1659 – 1743)

Louis Le Grand
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Materials used

69.5 x 52.1 cm (trimmed to platemark)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1950
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (2)

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.).

Exhibition history (3)

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

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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