e. The Grove of the Ball-Hall. So named because it is used to dance in when the King makes a Feast. It is a Large Grove of an Oval form, Surrounded with arbour-work; on one Side of it is a Beautiful Cascade, Composed of Shells and Basons of Rock-work,Embellished with vases of Metal, and other Ornaments, the other Sides are formed like an Amphitheatre, w.th Seats of Green Turf & Ornamented with Vases and Strands of Metal, and Copings of Red and white Marble, which together with the Cascade have a most charming Effect.
Engraving with small margins. Plate 222 x 272mm (8¾ x10¾"). Fold, some staining along lower edge.
The Ballroom. Laid out by André Le Nôtre between 1680 and 1683, the open-air Cascade Ballroom is also called the Rocaille Grove, because of the millstones and the sea shells brought back from the coasts of Africa and Madagascar over which the water pours down in a cascade. The marble “island” in the centre, easily accessible, was used for dancing, an art in which Louis XIV excelled. The musicians played above the cascade and, facing them, an amphitheatre with grassy rows of seats enabled the spectators to sit down. 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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