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Louis XIV, 1638 - 1715. King of France

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Louis XIV, 1638 - 1715. King of France 1662

Not on display

This fine engraving shows Louis in the second year of his personal reign as King of France. His reign as an absolute monarch would last over seventy-two years. During this time Louis ardently supported the arts with literature and the visual arts flourishing through funding and commissioning. He also converted a hunting lodge into what is now the outstanding Palace of Versailles and, in 1682, moved there with his government. The final decades of his reign were marked by conflict including the War of the League of Augsburg (1688-1697) and the War of the Spanish Succession (1701-1714).

Glossary Open


When an individual or organisation employs an artist to execute a particular project, the process and the resulting work are termed a ‘commission’.


The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Commission, Engraving


  • Acc. No. FP III 78.1
  • Medium Line engraving on paper
  • Size 26.67 x 18.42 cm
  • Credit Bequeathed by William Findlay Watson 1886