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A Supper with the Regent
  • Eugène Lami (1800 - 1890)
  • A Supper with the Regent
  • France
  • 1854
  • Painting
  • Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour with gum varnish on paper
  • Image size: 37.7 x 65.9 cm
  • Signature: 'EUGÈNE LAMI 1854'
    Inscription: '1793' Faded
  • P663
  • Not on display
Further Reading
  • The Court of Philippe, duc d’Orléans (1674-1723), Regent of France 1715-23 during the minority of Louis XV, was notorious for its dissolute character. The Regent, seated centre-left, looks in the direction of the date 1793 (the year of Louis XVI’s execution) above a cloud in the top-right corner, clearly indicating that eventually there will be a terrible price to pay for aristocratic excess. A parallel with the biblical subject of Belshazzar’s Feast (Daniel V) is probably intended. Moralistic images of this kind were not usually to the taste of the 4th Marquess of Hertford.