Posted 3 May 2017

Art & architecture Exhibitions

May’s almanac - The Universal Festivities, 1683

This almanac celebrates the birth of the Duke of Bourgogne, grandson of the king Louis XIV.

The female figures hold prints depicting the celebrations held throughout Europe to mark the royal birth. Images were essential in communicating the message that the Bourbon dynasty – still relatively young and recently threatened by civil war – was here to stay. The sheet celebrates both the continuity of Louis XIV’s line and illustrates the power of print.

Publisher Pierre Landry, Almanac for the Year 1683 (The Universal Festivities), 1683; Waddesdon (National Trust); acc. no. 2669.4.3. Photo: Mike Fear © National Trust, Waddesdon Manor.

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By Rachel Jacobs, curator.