2015, acrylic paint and white ink on cartridge paper
'The Descent of the Sovereign' is the third painting in the series of works inspired by Ludwig II of Bavaria - The Fairy tale King.
This piece depicts a majestic golden eagle, who symbolises Louis XIV - The Sun King; one of Ludwig''s most beloved historical heroes who he idolised. The eagle is descending onto a balustrade outside of the famous palace named Herrenchiemsee, built in the style of Versailles in Paris by Ludwig II. The ultimate Homage to Louis XIV.
This painting is a representation of Ludwig's downfall. The King's richly embellished robe (fashioned in the style of the order of the Knights of St George) has been strewn over the side of the balustrade and the impression of a figure can just be seen in the shadows behind the curtain in the window. Underneath the eagles tail, carved in stone, lies the Louis XIV quote 'There is little that can withstand a man who can conquer himself.'
The funds to complete Herrenchiemsee were not to be found and the sheer expense to finalise the design was one of the ultimate factors used against Ludwig in order to dethrone him on grounds of mental instability. The castle still remains unfinished to date but offers a unique insight and experience seeing the juxtaposition of high decadence and embellishment in some rooms coupled with bare stone and brickwork in others.