a Spout of Water 70 foot high & of an extraordinary largeness. The Figure is Brass gilt & four times as big as the Life. It was design’d by Le Brun and cast from the Models of Gasper Marsy and is perfectly well done.
[London. Printed & Sold by John Bowles Print & Map Seller at Mercers Hall in Cheapside, 1726.]
Engraving with small margins, paper watermarked. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Fold.
The Encelade Grove. The Encelade Fountain was sculpted in lead by Gaspard Marsy between 1675 and 1677. The subject is taken from the myth of the fall of the Titans who were buried under the rocks of Mount Olympus which they tried to climb in defiance of the prohibition of Jupiter. The sculptor has depicted a giant half buried under the rocks and in the throes of death. 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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