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This picture was painted to celebrate the role of the duchesse de Ventadour in ensuring the continuation of the Bourbon dynasty. She is shown leading the duc d’Anjou, the future Louis XV (1710–1774), whom she saved during the measles epidemic of 1712. They are surrounded by his forebears: Henri IV (1553–1610) is represented in a bust on the left; Louis XIII (1601–1643) in a bust on the right; Louis XIV (1638–1715) sits in the centre of the picture; Louis, the Grand Dauphin (1661–1711), stands leaning against his father’s chair; and on the right stands Louis XIV’s grandson and the duc d’Anjou’s father, Louis, duc de Bourgogne (1682–1712).

The Wallace Collection





oil on canvas


H 127.6 x W 161 cm

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acquired by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford by 1867; bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, 1897

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