Hyacinthe Rigaud, Louis XIV, 1701, oil on canvas, 289.6 x 159.1 cm, Getty Centre, LA. Source

King Louis XIV of France was in his early sixties when this portrait was painted. At the time, tensions between France and England were extremely high, and in 1702, the War of the Spanish Succession was declared.

Been asked many times what materials were used to create the last painting, so here they are :)

Dr Ph Martins Hydrus liquid watercolours - they behave more like ink

Kneadable eraser

2h + hb pencil

Reeves flat brush

Princeton round brushes

Strathmore mixed media paper for smaller pieces (9 x 12 inches) - anything bigger I use Hahnmulle watercolour paper

Lots of paper towels and jars of water!