Art/ Collection/ Art Object

Louis XIII Listens to the Provost of the Merchants of Paris on December 23, 1628

Series/Portfolio:
Frontispiece to "Eloges et discours sur la triomphante reception du Roy en sa ville de Paris, après la Reduction de la Rochelle"
Artist:
Abraham Bosse (French, Tours 1602/1604–1676 Paris)
Publisher:
Melchior Tavernier (French (born Flanders), Antwerp 1564–1641 Paris)
Publisher:
Pierre Rocolet, Paris
Published in:
Paris
Date:
1629
Medium:
Etching and engraving
Dimensions:
Sheet (trimmed): 11 1/4 × 9 1/16 in. (28.6 × 23 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1964
Accession Number:
64.566
Not on view
This plate was the frontispiece for a publication celebrating the triumphant return to Paris of King Louis XIII following the Siege of La Rochelle. In this formally constructed scene, the king is shown seated in a chair while Christophe Sanguin, the provost
of the Merchants of Paris, and other officials kneel before him. The display of France’s military power visible through the windows is echoed in the military subjects of the tapestries covering the walls. The political and monarchical value of such images is reflected in the large number of impressions of this print—seven hundred.
Le Roi Louis XIII écoute la harangue du prévôt des Marchands de Paris

Inscription: Signed in plate, within image, lower left: A Bosse In
Vendor: Maurice Rousseau, Paris
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," November 26, 2012–February 24, 2013.

Duplessis 111.1187; Blum 10; Lothe 489.1465
Georges Duplessis Catalogue de l'oeuvre de Abraham Bosse. Paris, 1859, cat. no. 1187, pp. 111-112.

André Blum L'Oeuvre gravé d'Abraham Bosse. 1924, cat. no. 10.

Sophie Join-Lambert, Maxime Préaud Abraham Bosse: Savant graveur. Exh. cat., Bibliothèque nationale de France; Tours: Musée des beaux-arts. 2004, cat. no. 49, p. 97, ill.

José Lothe L'oeuvre gravé d'Abraham Bosse. Graveur parisien du XVIIe siècle. Paris, 2008, cat. no. 1465, p. 489.



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