carv’d Work in Basso Relievo. Between ye Pillars ar 31 Basins of white Marble form each of w.ch there projects a Spout of Water 16 foot high w.ch falling into ye Basins spread over ym like so many Table Cloths. In ye midst of ye Peristile there is a Group of Figures representing e Rape of Proserpine and Pluto, supported by a beautiful Pedestal, & perfom’d by Girardon. The Diam.tr of ye Peristile is 123 foot & ye Circumference 369.
[London. Printed & Sold by John Bowles Print & Map Seller at Mercers Hall in Cheapside, 1726.]
Engraving with small margins. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Fold.
The Colonnade. Build from 1685 on by Jules Hardouin-Mansart, the Colonnade replaced a grove designed by Le Nôtre in 1679: the Springs Grove. A peristyle accompanies the 32 marble columns. The triangular tympani between the arcades are decorated with low relief carvings depicting children. The arch stones are adorned with heads of nymphs and naiads. The famous group in the centre on a circular marble base was executed between 1678 and 1699 by Girardon: Proserpine Ravished by Pluto. 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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