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Henri IV and the Spanish Ambassador

Photo credit: The Wallace Collection

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Exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1827–1828. The subject is taken from an anecdote (probably apocryphal) related in the 'Mémorial pittoresque de la France' (1786) concerning Henri IV (1553–1610), King of France from 1589, one of the most able and popular of French monarchs. At Fontainebleau in 1604 the King was playing with the Dauphin, letting him ride on his back, when an ambassador arrived to discover the conqueror of the Catholic League and the Monarch of France in this undignified position.

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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    38.4 x 52.4 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1870; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897


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