u. The Fountain of the Cabinet of Diana; it consists of a large Basin of Marble on the borders of which are 2 Groups of Animals in Brass; viz a Lyon trampling on a Bear, and a Lyon trampling on a Wolf. The Statue on the right hand is made for Diana, andrepresents Night, that on the left hand is made for Venus & represents Noon. Fountain of Ceres. The Fountain of Ceres or of Summer; it is an Octogone Basin, in the middle of which sits Ceres holding a Sickle in one hand and a Cup in the other, from whence there rises a spout 20 foot high; She is accompanied with little Children who are playing with Flowers.
Engraving with small margins, paper watermarked. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Folds and creasing.
The Fountain of the Cabinet of Diana, which appears to no longer exist, with representations of Venus and Diana; and the Ceres Fountain which was laid out between 1672 and 1679 by Thomas Regnaudin, after a drawing by Charles Le Brun. Ceres, the Roman goddess of harvests and corn, is seated on a bed of corn stalks, accompanied by cornflowers and roses. Symbolising summer, the fountain forms a set with those of Bacchus, Flora and Saturn who represent the three other seasons. 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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