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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.
oil on canvas
H 136.6 x W 104 cm
acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford, 1855; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897