t. The Great Stables for the Kings manages Horses. The Fountain of Flora. The Goddess Flora representing Spring is sitting among a parcel of Flowers in the middle of a round Basin: She is accompanyed with little Children that are playing with Flowers.
Engraving with small margins. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Folds and creasing.
The great stables, designed by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, to shelter the King's 600 horses, equerries, stablemen, musicians and pageboys. The Flora Fountain, located at the crossroads of several Groves, including the Queen’s Grove, the fountain of Flora, Roman goddess of flowers, gardens and spring, symbolises the first season of the year. Sculpted by Tuby, she is represented with a crown of flowers in the centre of the fountain. 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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