King Louis XIV, King of France (1638–1715) staghunting at Fountainebleau
Adam Frans van der Meulen (Brussels 1632 – Paris 1690)
Art / Oil paintings
1684 (signed and dated)
Oil on canvas
1047 x 1455 mm
Place of origin
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Petworth House and Park, West Sussex (Accredited Museum)
The artist was a Flemish Baroque painter who became well-known for his battle scenes. The 3rd Earl considered these pictures of an earlier French adversary appropriate for his shrine to Napoleon and they have hung in the Beauty Room since at least 1835.
Oil painting on canvas, King Louis XIV, King of France (1638–1715) staghunting at Fountainebleau by Adam Frans van der Meulen (Brussels 1632 – Paris 1690), signed and dated: A.F.V. MEULEN. FEC: 1684 Louis XIV stag-hunting at Fountainebleau. The palace is in the centre, mid-distance; horsemen and hounds are coming from the left and right, closing on the stag, centre. Beyond, at left centre, is a crowd of horsemen and coaches.
Bought by the 2nd Earl of Egremont (1710-1763) at Mr Bristow's Auction in February 1759 for £15.15. Thence by descent, until the death in 1952 of the 3rd Lord Leconfield, who had given Petworth to the National Trust in 1947, and whose nephew and heir, John Wyndham, 6th Lord Leconfield and 1st Lord Egremont (1920-72) arranged for the acceptance of the major portion of the collections at Petworth in lieu of death duties (the first ever such arrangement) in 1956 by H.M.Treasury.
Petworth House, The Egremont Collection (acquired in lieu of tax by HM Treasury in 1956 and subsequently transferred to the National Trust)
Marks and inscriptions
A.F.V. MEULEN, fec. 1684
Makers and roles
Adam Frans van der Meulen (Brussels 1632 – Paris 1690), artist