The Bourbon Dynasty: Philippe, Duc D’Orleans: The Grandfather of Europe
Philippe, duc d’Orleans Known as Monsieur, he was the younger brother of Louis XIV. Philippe was the founder of the Orleans branch of the Bourbon dynasty. His descendants ended up occupying most of the Catholic thrones of Europe to this day. Not bad for a flaming homosexual. He also had two wives with whom he managed to have several children. After a violent argument with his brother the king over the way his son was being treated, Philippe was killed by a stroke. Note: His second wife, Elizabeth Charlotte burned all the letters he wrote to his male lovers over the years lest they “fall into the wrong hands”. The heavy perfume from the burning letters made her nauseous. Note on Lenticular: The famous fountain that Philippe added to the garden at his country residence, Saint Cloud, is known as La Grande Cascade. It is the only feature of that spectacular chateau that has survived.
Lenticular is a technique where one image “flips” to another using finely calibrated stripes of lenses. Most peoples first contact with lenticulars is the “blinking eye” prize in a box of Cracker Jacks.
All Bourbon lenticulars measure 8 inches by 10 inches. They are made to order and come in editions of 10. Framing is not included.