The King of France who loved the Vale

A portrait of King Louis XVIII hanging in the Hartwell House library.Pictures below show Melling's painting of the King's departure from Hartwell, his wife Queen Marie Josephine of Savoy, King Louis in his younger days and the bridge at Hartwell as it is today

A portrait of King Louis XVIII hanging in the Hartwell House library.Pictures below show Melling's painting of the King's departure from Hartwell, his wife Queen Marie Josephine of Savoy, King Louis in his younger days and the bridge at Hartwell as it is today

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When King Louis XVIII returned to the French throne in 1814, he still had Hartwell House, where he spent five years in exile, very much in his heart.

He immediately sent revered artists Jean-Charles Develly and Victor Baltard to the outskirts of Aylesbury to paint the country house on to a porcelain plate, from which the King would then eat off.

Feature on King Louis XVIII and his exile to Hartwell House near Aylesbury - pictured is a painting of him leaving along the original drive
Feature on King Louis XVIII and his exile to Hartwell House near Aylesbury - pictured is a painting of him leaving along the original drive

Judging by his large size, he certainly would have been reminded of Hartwell many times throughout the day.

 

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