A Jacobite Gazetteer - France

Versailles - First Floor Rooms

For other parts of the Palace of Versailles, see here.

Appartement du Roi, 2de Antichambre

The 2de Antichambre of the Appartement du Roi (the Chambre de l'Oeuil de Bouef) is one of three rooms next to the Gallery of Mirrors. In this room hangs a large mythological portrait by Jean Nocret of the family of King Louis XIV of France.1 The painting formerly hung in the bedroom of Princess Henrietta Anne (sister of King James II and VII) at Saint-Cloud. Queen Henrietta Maria (mother of King James II and VII) can be seen at the far left dressed as the sea-goddess Amphitrite; she holds a triton in her left hand and a piece of coral and some pearls in her right hand. Next to her sits her son-in-law, Philippe, duc d'Orléans, dressed as Dawn. Standing next to Philippe is his wife Princess Henrietta Anne dressed as Flora. Between Philippe and Henrietta Anne is their eldest daughter Marie-Louise d'Orléans, later Queen of Spain, dressed as Zephyr.

The Family of King Louis XIV of France
The Family of King Louis XIV of France

The Family of King Louis XIV of France
Queen Henrietta Maria with her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter

Salon d'Hercule

From 1682 to 1710 this room was the palace chapel. It was in this room on December 7, 1697, that Princess Marie-Adelaide of Savoy, granddaughter of Princess Henrietta Anne, duchesse d'Orléans, married Louis, duc de Bourgogne, in the presence of the bride's great-uncle King James II and VII. There is a painting of the wedding in the eighth room of the Salles Louis XIV.

Galerie des Batailles

The Galerie des Batailles is located in the south wing of the palace. It was built by Louis Philippe, duc d'Orléans, called "King of the French", to commemorate French military history

There is a bust of James Fitz-James, 1st Duke of Berwick, illegitimate son of King James II and VII. The bust was sculpted by Antoine Laurent Dantan in 1839.2 After fighting for his father's cause in Ireland, Berwick served in the French army. He was named a Marshall of France in 1706.

James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick
James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, by Dantan ainé


1 Les Collections, Chateau de Versailles, MV 2157. The oil on canvas painting measures 306 cm high by 427 cm wide. Jean Nocret was born in Nancy in 1615 and died in Paris in 1672. He also painted a full-length seated portrait of Princess Henrietta Anne which now hangs in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

2 Les Collections, Chateau de Versailles, MV 2742. Antoine Laurent Dantan, called Dantan ainé, was born at Saint Cloud in 1798 and died at the same town in 1878. He sculpted a number of the busts in the Galerie des Batailles. In 1824 he sculpted a bust of King Charles X of France, brother-in-law of King Charles IV and King Victor.

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