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Catalog Number PALM 00001
Collection Public Works
Date c. 1816-1827
Artist Valois, Achille Joseph Etienne
Title Louis XVI
Description The standing figure is a representation of the French king Louis XVI. He stands with his left foot slightly forward. His left hand holds a staff and his right hand is extended forward. The figure is dressed in robes embroidered with fleur-de-lis and lined with ermine tails. A cherub reclines on a crown towards the rear of the king's right hand and gazes upward toward him. There is a scroll in the cherub's right hand. The sculpture is mounted on a square base.
Provenance The City of Louisville (Kentucky) was named after Louis XVI (1754-1793), King of France, because of his support of the American Colonies during the Revolutionary War. The sculpture was a gift of Louisville's sister city in Montpellier, France in 1966, and was sent to Louisville in 1967, where it was dedicated and stood near the Jefferson County Courthouse. It was moved to its present location near the Courthouse in 1973. Riehm-Gerlack Monument Company installed the sculpture. (IAS inventory)
Dimensions H-17.583 W-5.5 L-5.25 feet
Material Carrara marble statue, Limestone base
Medium Stone
Technique Carving
Location 500 West Jefferson Street and Sixth Street