Portrait long thought to depict Louis XIV’s son revealed as British

True identity of sitter found to be 17th-century lord mayor of London, and not French prince

A colossal portrait long thought to be of France’s Grand Dauphin that hung for a century in a corridor of the central bank in Paris has been revealed to be British.

The true identity of the sitter, with elaborate regalia and pearl-mounted sword, is not the son of Louis XIV but a lord mayor of London from the late 17th century.

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