The King, painted in profile, was sixty years old at the time. The bust is evoked by a piece of crimson velvet adorned with lace at the neck and the blue sash of the Order of the Holy Spirit. The coloured beeswax face reproduces the King’s features with great exactness, not omitting the marks of smallpox that pitted his skin. The eye is made of enamel and the head is covered with a real wig whose curls are held in place by numerous small copper pins.
Photo © EPV/ Jean-Marc Manaï