This official portrait of King Leopold I was painted by the portraitist Nicaise De Keyser (1813-1887). The King is depicted in full regalia under a cloak of ermine, his hand resting on the Constitution.
During the early years of Belgiumís history, numerous similar portraits in which the monarch is primarily depicted as the embodiment of the new sovereign State were painted and sculpted.
This portrait, with its similar red hues in the background clearly forms a whole with the portrait of Queen Louise-Marie that hangs on the other side of the Red Room.
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