In the foreground, the king, dressed in his finery, savours the victory secured by the siege of Lille, which he ordered against the advice of his generals. The painter suggests the immediacy of the scene that he has caught live. This is a sketch intended for one of the tapestries of the series called the History of the King.

Full title : Louis XIV at the siege of Lille in August 1667: the king giving his orders near the Priory of Fives


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