1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville King Louis XIV Death Grand Dauphin Maintenon XEA6

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This is an original 1875 black and white woodcut of an illustration by French artist Alphonse de Neuville which depicts King Louis XIV, accompanied by his second wife Madame de Maintenon, leaving the deathbed of his son. Smallpox had hit Versailles and Le Grand Dauphin, the sickly future king, was its victim. The kneeling crowd left in the wake of the King were the officers and valets who attended the invalid man, none of whom particularly wanted to leave Versailles. They implored Louis to let them stay, however the monarch was in no mood to talk about their futures, especially now that his son no longer had one.

CONDITION

This 136+ year old Item is rated Near Mint / Very Fine. Light aging throughout. No creases. There is acid staining in this image. No surface rub.No tears. No water damage. Please note that there is a blind emboss mark in the upper left corner.

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 5.5 x 4 inches; 14 x 10 cm
  • Authentication: Serial-Numbered Certificate of Authenticity w/ Full Provenance
  • Protection: Packaged in a custom archival sleeve with an acid-free black board (great for display, gift-giving, and preservation)

This image was selected from a collection of woodcuts and steel engravings prolifically depicting scenes from French history, ranging from ancient Gaul to Charlemagne and his wars, to Joan of Arc and Marie Antoinette. Historically important for French archivists, these images are extremely rare to locate and are virtually unseen individually. Period Paper is pleased to present these beautifully preserved images, which would make an ideal addition to any French lover's collection. To view more images from this portfolio, please click on the link offered below the condition paragraph.

This piece was illustrated by De Neuville, Alphonse. There is no visible artist signature.

De Neuvile, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1835 Ð 1885) was a French painter who specialized in very patriotic historical scenes with subjects such as the Franco-Prussian War, the Crimean War and the Zulu War. He originally joined the naval school in Lorient, France, but he soon realized that his primary passion was art. After his death, several of his pieces were acquired for the Luxembourg Palace in Paris.

Keywords specific to this image: mourn, grieve, costume

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