With his gentle landscapes and richly-coloured but unthreatening scenes from history, the paintings of the short-lived Bonington were entirely compatible with the tastes of the 4th Marquess of Hertford, and he became one of the Marquess’s favourite artists. This scene probably shows Anne of Austria with her young son Louis XIV who became King of France at the age of five. The return of the Bourbon kings after the fall of Napoleon in 1815 provided a contemporary relevance for paintings with subjects of this kind.
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The Wallace Collection
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