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A reduced contemporary copy of the life-size portrait of Louis XV (1710–1774), King of France 1715–1774, commissioned in 1759, and exhibited at the Salon of 1761 (untraced). Van Loo is known to have painted a reduced version of the portrait in 1760, and a full-size replica, used as a model for copyists, in 1761. Numerous copies would have been made of such a state portrait, for use as diplomatic gifts or as presents for loyal friends and relations. Two reduced copies were made for the King’s mistress, Madame de Pompadour, and another for his minister, the duc de Choiseul. Good life-size copies are at Woburn Abbey, the Grand Trianon, the Royal Museum of Copenhagen (signed) and Versailles (signed by Jean-Martial Frédou and dated 1763); similar reduced examples are in the museums at Rennes and Abbeville.

The Wallace Collection





oil on canvas


H 136.6 x W 104 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1855; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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