Adam Frans van der Meulen
- Adam Frans van der Meulen
- Study of Louis XIV and Vicomte de Turenne for La Prise de Lille
- Black chalk heightened with white chalk on grey paper, within red chalk framing lines;
bears old attribution, lower left: van der Meulen and verso: P.P. Rubens.
- 370 by 290 mm
sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 July 1998, lot 185 (as Attributed to Adam Frans van der Meulen)
The two figures on horseback are King Louis XIV, and Vicomte de Turenne, both of whom correspond closely to their respective figures in the tapestry. The close artistic collaboration between van der Meulen and le Brun is further illustrated by the survival of a drawing1 housed in the Musée National du Château de Versailles, executed by le Brun and thought to have been retouched by van der Meulen, which acts as a preliminary composition study for La Prise de Lille.
1. Versailles, Musée National du Château de Versailles, Inv. no. 27636