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        Satirical cartoon lampooning Louis XIV, 1693-1705

        French School, (17th century); French. Medium: engraving. 'L'Habit Usurpe', estampe satirique contre Louis XIV imprimee en Hollande; 'The False Clothes', satirical illustration from a History of Louis XIV (1638-1715) by Francois Ignace de Puechemeck and printed in Holland; Louis XIV is portrayed in clothes composed of the towns and cities captured by the French King; his pride is also shown as punctured by his failures in Ireland and he is compared to a bird that is forced to disgorge its previous captives; the table cloth is painted with devils and satyrs to indicate the king's councillors and advisors; Provenance: Private Collection / Giraudon. Photographic Rights The Bridgeman Art Library.


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