Some twenty years later, when the Emperor visited France in 1717, Boit - who was then living in Paris - received a second imperial commission. The new series, of which the present work is an example, was loosely based upon a contemporary portrait of the Emperor by Jean Marc Nattier. Another example of this composition is in the collection of the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm (inv. no. NMB 539). Such portraits were originally mounted in gem-set frames, known as boîtes à portrait, and were given by European rulers as a token of royal or imperial favour.
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