Louis XV Hunting lodge
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. The hunting lodge depicted here 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.