w. The Fountain of Bacchus. The Fountain of Bacchus represents Autumn, The Basin is of an Octogne figure Bacchus is seated in the middle of it surrounded wth Satirs he holds a cup in his hand of wch there arises a Spout of Water Nineteen foot high.The Fountain of Saturn. The Fountain of Saturn represents Winter the figures of Saturn and the little Children accompanying him are the Work of Girardon after the designs of Mr. Le Brun.
Engraving with small margins. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Folds and creasing, small chip to paper lower left.
Bacchus Fountain, also called the Autumn fountain, one of the four dedicated to the seasons and near the Royal Walk. Bacchus, a figure of Roman mythology, teaches the cultivation of the vine throughout the world. The god of wine and drunkenness, he symbolises the harvest and is surrounded by small satyrs, half child and half goat. [&] The Saturn fountain, located at the south end, was sculpted by Francois Girardon and symbolises the season of Winter. Saturn is seated on a throne in the centre, surrounded by small cupids, on an island studded with shellfish. From "Versailles Illustrated, or Divers Views of the Several Parts of the Royal Palace of Versailles; as likewise of all the Fountains, Groves, Parterras, ye Labyrinth & other ye most Beautiful Parts of the Gardens, Wherein are represented whatever is remarkable whether Statues, Groups of Figures, Water Fall, Pleasure Houses, &c. Drawn on the Spot by the Order & with the Approbation of the French King".
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