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1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Saint King Louis Chateaneuf-sur-Loire XEA6

1875 Woodcut Alphonse Neuville Saint King Louis Chateaneuf-sur-Loire 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 IX, better known as Saint Louis, examining the meager meal which a poor woman was expected to serve to her sick husband. After a testing it thoroughly, the good king offered up his verdict, "It is rather hard bread." The monarch was known for his generosity and his willingness to help the less-fortunate, almost to a fault. He would allow them into his home, dine with them, and wash their feet as Christ did. Needless to say, some of his less charitable officials thought he was a bit of a loon.

CONDITION

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

  • Product Type: Original Woodcut; Black / White
  • Grade: Near Mint / Very Fine
  • Dimensions: Approximately 6 x 8.5 inches; 15 x 22 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. Artist signature in print - bottom left of image.

De Neuvile, Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe

Alphonse-Marie-Adolphe de Neuville (1835 _ 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: charity, poverty, belt, medieval

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