France, Trophies of War, & other Ornaments of Brass Gilt, as likewise are their Domes on the Tops of w.ch are 2 Groups of Boys. In ye middle of this Grove there is an Octagon Basin surrounded by a Marble Balustrade on yes top of w.ch is a little Canal & several Basins of Shelwork from whence there very agreably arises as many small Spouts of Water. The large Spout rises 70 foot high.
[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 Grove of Domes. Very frequently redesigned, this grove changed its name with each new modification of its decor. Designed by Le Nôtre in 1675, it was then the Grove of Fame, in 1677-1678, owing to the statue of Fame in the centre of the fountain and which spouted a jet of water from its trumpet. Between 1684 and 1704, the groups from Apollo’s Baths were placed here, giving it its new name in this period: the Grove of Apollo’s Baths. But in 1677, Jules Hardouin-Mansart built two pavilions of white marble surmounted by domes, giving it is present name, although the two buildings were destroyed in 1820. 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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