d. The Royal Palace of Versailles fronting the Gardens. The Fountain of Latona. It is a large Circular Basin in the middle of w.ch is Latona & her 2 Children Apollo & Diana: She is represented making complaints to Jupiter of the barbarity of the Peasantsof Lycia, who had hinder’d her from gathering Refreshments. She is surrounded by those Clowns who for their punishment are Metamorphised into Frogs, they cast forth 74 Spouts of Water, some of w.ch falls upon Latona. The Figures are the work of Marsi & are of white Marble & the Steps w.ch support them green Marble over w.ch the Water flows in Sheets, ye 2 Streams of Water at the sides of the Basin rise 30 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, some staining along lower edge.
The front facade of the Palace of Versailles. The Latona Fountain. Inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the Latona fountain illustrates the legend of Apollo’s mother and Diana protecting her children against the insults of the peasants of Lycia, and calling on Jupiter to avenge them. He heard their plea and transformed them into frogs and lizards. The central marble group sculpted by the Marsy brothers represents Latona and her children. The group was originally placed on a rock in 1670. It was surrounded by six frogs emerging partly from the water, and twenty-four others around the fountain on the lawn. The goddess then looked towards the Château. This arrangement was modified by Jules Hardouin-Mansart between 1687 and 1689. The rock was replaced on a concentric marble base and the Latona group henceforth gazes towards the Grand Canal. The Latona fountain is prolonged by a parterre holding the two lizard pools. 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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