Lot 12
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Adam Frans van der Meulen

6,000 - 8,000 GBP
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  • 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, Paris, Picard, 20 October 1994, lot 147 (as Adrian Frans van der Meulen);
sale, London, Sotheby's, 8 July 1998, lot 185 (as Attributed to Adam Frans van der Meulen)

Catalogue Note

Van der Meulen accompanied several of the campaigns of King Louis XIV in the Low Countries between 1667 and 1673, recording daily military life as well as major seiges and battles. The greatest record of this is the famous tapestry series, L'Histoire du Roi, designed by van der Meulen and Charles le Brun, from which the present work can be securely connected to the tapestry depicting La Prise de Lille (fig. 1). 

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