A Pair of Early 18TH Century Oil Paintings of Louis XV Hunting lodge by Pierre-Denis Martin
A Pair of Early 18TH Century Oil Paintings of Louis XV Hunting lodge by Pierre-Denis Martin
A Pair of Early 18TH Century Oil Paintings of Louis XV Hunting lodge by Pierre-Denis Martin
A Pair of Early 18TH Century Oil Paintings of Louis XV Hunting lodge by Pierre-Denis Martin

A Pair of Early 18TH Century Oil Paintings of Louis XV Hunting lodge by Pierre-Denis Martin

c. 1722 France

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This pair of paintings is most likely part of the series of paintings of Royal Chateaux commissioned by Louis XV for the dining room at the Chateau de Choisy in 1722, the year of the coronation. Choisy originally belonged to the King’s cousin Marie-Anne de Bourbon, Princesse de Conti. After her death in 1739, Louis XV purchased the chateau and all its contents from the princesse’s heir, the duc de La Vallière. The series of Royal Chateaux comprised views of Chambord, Meudon, Fontaineblau, The Trianon, Marly, Versailles, some of which are today at Versailles. Louis XIV and Louis XV had numerous hunting lodges, most of which no longer survive. If this hunting lodge ever existed it was probably located nearby the Forest of Senart, which, because of its excellent hunting was the main reason why the royal family had acquired the Chateau de Choisy. Louis XV considered Choisy to be his principal home, preferring it to Versailles and was continiously doing embellishments and considerably enlarged the Chateau in 1740. The furnishings of Choisy were intentionally kept simple as it was not a Chateau for entertaining the court but for the King to indulge his pleasure in hunting.

We can be certain that it is designed as a royal hunting lodge for three reasons. Firstly, the chateau has extremely grand gardens and only reception rooms without principal bedrooms. Secondly, the hunting carriage, seen entering the front gates, is made with two wheels for negotiating rough forest tracks and thirdly, the royal intertwined double L over the gates is confirmation that this is a royal chateau belonging to the King.

As there are no known engravings of any royal hunting lodges, it is not possible to prove that this hunting lodge is near Choisy but it is highly likely, for the following reasons. The similarity of size and location of the river Seine, its proximity to the forest and its very similar topography of rolling hills to that of the Chateau de Choisy. Louis XV spent most of his time at Choisy when he was not at Court at Versailles as hunting was his passion, so it would be logical to assume that this grand hunting lodge was near to where the King did most of his hunting. The hunting lodge made it possible to hunt over a much larger area, as it allowed the King to travel by carriage to a distant part of the forest so he could start hunting with fresh horses and allowed him to eat and drink in comfort either immediately before or after the hunt.

Dimensions
Height 130.00 cm (51.18 inches)
Width 130.00 cm (51.18 inches)
External Height 156.00 cm (61.42 inches)
External Width 156.00 cm (61.42 inches)
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