Styles of Sovereignty
Through the lens of monarchical image-making, this doctoral research
offers a critical outlook onto late seventeenth-century Anglo-French
political and artistic relations.
Anchored in the tradition of English academic discourse, it explores
the influence of French royal image-making on English monarchies
at the turn of the eighteenth century. The study investigates the relevance
of Louis XIV to English royal iconography during the reigns of
William III and Queen Anne across a wide range of source material
- from panegyric and portraiture, to medals, sculpture, and architecture.
In doing so, it foregrounds the intricate interplay between political
communication and different forms of artistic imagination in the
early modern period. The study conceptualises the relation between
post-revolutionary English monarchical image-making and its French
counterpart as one of contest with and emancipation from French influence.
It argues that English post-revolutionary image-making, not
only mirrored, but actively contributed to the decline of the Ludovican
monarchical model, whilst maintaining the figure of the monarch as
central to public political discourse.