A Reflection of the Sun: The First Duke of Marlborough in the image of Louis XIV

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    Abstract

    This article investigates the influence of Louis XIV imagery on medals and tapestries commissioned by the first duke of Marlborough and his supporters from  to . To commemorate the martial ascendency of Britain, Marlborough and his allies employed models of representation developed for the Sun King by his image-makers to document his history visually. Here this is argued to be an act akin to spoliation the theft of artefacts by a victor as symbolic enslavement of the vanquished enemy ironically revealing the abiding influence of French culture on British material histories of the early eighteenth century
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)125-139
    JournalThe Court Historian
    Volume21
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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