Semblable au bon Henri, sa vie est à l'État, son coeur à ses Sujets.
Scarce stipple and etching, first state, 345 x 265mm. 13½ x 10½". Slight crease through lower left of plate. Wide margins.
Louis XVIII King of France (1755 – 1824), sitting at his desk in his study, writing a “méditation sur le bonheur de la France”; in a circular frame surmounted by the allegorical image of a pelican feeding chicks on a nest. Emblems of the garde royale and the garde nationale flanking the medallion, which in turn is positioned above a pediment with bas-relief showing the changing of the guard and inscribed “Il Veille Pour Nous, Veillons Pour Lui” ("He watches over us, we watch over him"). An interesting piece of royalist propaganda published when Louis XVIII had been on the throne for less than a year since his second restoration following Napoleon's Hundred Days', in July 1815. Louis XVIII was King of France and of Navarre from 1814 to 1824 (omitting the Hundred Days). He spent twenty-three years in exile during the French Revolution and the First French Empire, living in Prussia, the United Kingdom and Russia.
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