Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 279 (Sale info: For Sale).
During the minority of Louis XIV of France, the regency was conducted by his mother, Anne of Austria, widow of Louis XIII. She, however, suffered herself to be ruled entirely by her favorite, Cardinal Mazarin. The latter had incensed the people by his despotic measures, and, fearing their revenge, fled from Paris on the night of the 6th of February, 1651. It was the Queen's intention to follow him, with her son, two days later. But the people received notice of the contemplated journey, and, enraged thereat, stormed the Palais Royal. Upon this Anne of Austria resorted to a bold meaure. She obliged her son, who was already equipped for the journey, to throw off his clothes, lay down in bed, and feign sleep. She then commanded the palace-gates to be opened, and herself led the populace to the bed-chamber of her son, where appearance exerted an almost magic influence upon the mass, for even the most furious rebels fell reverently upon their knees. It is this moment which the artist has chose, . . . The people, in whose faces and attitudes the sudden transition from rage and excitement is variously expressed; the proud, courageous queen and mother, the tender youth, whose innocence and helplessness, together with the recollection that he is their king, has turned aside the tide of wrath, . . . [P. 26.]
The Exhibition of Paintings of the International Art Institution, 694 Broadway, corner of Fourth Street. Wm. Aufermann, Director. Every painting is For Sale.--Information about prices to be had at the office. New-York: G.B. Teubner, Printer, 10 Spruce Street. 1861.