The Bourbon Dynasty: Philippe II d’Orleans, Regent: The Practical ( 1674-1723)

$ 750.00


The eldest son of Monsieur and Madame, Philippe grew up as nephew of the King, Louis XIV. He was highly educated in all the arts and sciences. He was, perhaps, the most accomplished of all the Bourbons.

He was viewed with suspicion by Louis XIV and denied Philippe any active part in his army or government. Whenever Philippe was given a minor duty in the army he proved to be a courageous soldier. But this was not enough to slack the ennui and boredom of his daily life.

After the death of Louis XIV he became the Regent for the five year old Louis XV. He surprised everyone by becoming a efficient administrator and left Louis XV with a stable France.

However, Philippe was a notorious womanizer and drunk. He was rumored to have had over 100 mistresses

Note: It was rumored that Philippe had an affair with his own daughter, the widowed Duchess de Berry. She was totally depraved and drank so much that she would vomit and roll over the carpet in front of guests. She died at 24, worn out by excessive drinking and the birth of an illegitimate child.




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.