p. The Triumphal Arch so called because it resembles one. This fine structure is of Brass Gilt & contains 3 large Porticos. On the top of it are Seven Basins, from whence projects as many spouts of water which falling down flow over the Basins & into thethe Shels on each side: between the Porticos there Projects 3 other spouts of water which falling down flow likewise over their Basins, & over the Steps which ascend to the Arch, & form a beautifull Cascade On either side going towards ye Arch is a Pyramid if water & near them several Buffets of water, Shels supported by Pedestals & streams of water arising out, w.ch have an inexpressible effect.
[London. Printed & Sold by John Bowles Print & Map Seller at Mercers Hall in Cheapside, 1726.]
Engraving with small margin. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Fold.
A triumphal arch in the gardens of Versailles. This was built during the reign of Louis XIV and later replaced with a fountain in 1679. 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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