Oval portrait of Louis XVIII, (Louis Stanislas Xavier; 1755-1824), known as the Desired. He was King of France from 1814 to 1824, except for a period during the Hundred Days in 1815.
Etching and engraving on wove paper, sheet size 309 x 403 mm., engraved by Pierre Audouin (1768-1822) after Pierre Bouillon (1776-1831), who made a painting of the bust by Achille Valois (1785-1862) in 1814. Printed by François-Dominique Ramboz (active 1787-1819), and published by Audouin, ca. 1817.
In fair condition, top edge cropped within platemark, other edges cropped close to the platemark. A small tear in the margin top right, a crease in the margin top left. Some light soiling in the left side of the image area, two tears (with old restorations) in the left edge and caption.
References: IFF XVIII, i.227; LeBlanc i.70: 33; Béraldi i.78.