The Bourbon Dynasty: Louis-Charles, Louis XVII: The Abused ( 1785-1795)

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Louis Charles: The tragic dauphin of France during the French revolution. He was imprisoned with his family and watched as his parents were dragged to their execution. He was horribly abused and died a while still a child of tuberculosis. Louis-Charles was briefly King Louis XVII.

Note: Louis-Charles’ body was subjected to an autopsy and the attending physician removed his heart and smuggled it out. Later he offered the preserved heart to the restored Louis XVIII, but he could not bring himself to take it. The heart bounced from one owner to another till DNA tests were done to confirm that the heart was indeed that of Louis XVII. The heart is now encased in a crystal egg and is interred in the royal crypt at Saint Denis.

Note: There was a mystery about the death of Louis-Charles. Some believed that he escaped his prison and lived. Over 100 claimants came forth over the years. All of them were either delusional or imposters.

Note on Lenticular: The background is a handwriting exercise by Louis-Charles.



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.