Children at play, Bathing, &x. out of ye Basins arise Streams of Water w.ch falling down again, flow in Sheets over ye Basins. The 3 ally’s of Water have a surprising Effet, for out of ym there projects spouts of Water, w.ch vary four times w.th a great deal of Art.
Engraving with small margins. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Fold.
The Green Round Grove. The Water Theatre was laid out between 1671 and 1674 by Le Nôtre, backed up by the hydraulics engineers Francine and Denis, while the fountains were designed by Le Brun. It consisted of a large almost round area with two semicircular amphitheatres with tiers of seats and separated by an oblong pool divided into two levels of water. The semicircular stage was framed by three triangular cascades falling in tiers, adorned with varied seashells and numerous water spouts. At the top and the bottom of the cascades were fountains decorated with lead sculptures. In 1677, the amphitheatres seating the spectators were surrounded by 18 round rocaille pools, each with a spout of water reaching up to arcades of greenery planted between 1680 and 1688. During the replanting ordered by Louis XVI in 1775, the very damaged Water Theatre was destroyed and the grove was replaced by the Round green (“Rond-vert”). "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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