Duke and Peer, decorated with Orders of the King, occupying one of the first places at Court. He is dressed in an embroidered summer suit. (1781)
The second order is that of St. Louis, intended to reward military merit without the distinction of birth. it consists of a cross with eight points, enameled with white, edged with gold, holding in the middle the image of St. Louis and suspended, for knights, from the buttonhole of the suit by a red ribbon.
At the end of the ancien régime, the peerage contained forty-nine members: five princes of the blood, six ecclesiastic peers, and thirty-eight "dukes and peers".
[This description was not original to the plate.]