c. A Ground-Platt of the Royal Chappel of Versailes. The Chapel of Versailes. This Curious piece of Architecture is of the Corinthian Order & Contains 132 Feet in length 72 in Breadth of 84 in Height it consists of 3 Rows of Pillars & as many Rows ofWindows with large pains: on ye top is affine Balustrade & 2 Statues of ye Apostles ye Fathers of ye Church & Several Christian Vertues. The Inside of the Royal Chappel of Versailes. This place is richly & curiously embellished in every part; the Ceiling, the Pedim.t the Pillers &c. are all of them covered with the Labours of the most eminent Artists: & it is impossible to form an Idea of the Richness & Grandeur of these several Ornaments without seeing them, or to see them without being lost in Astonishm.t
Engraving with small margins, paper watermarked. Plate 229 x 272mm (9 x10¾"). Fold, some staining along lower edge.
Louis XIV only used this chapel for five years since it was only completed in 1710. The one he went to most often, built in 1682 on the site of the Hercules salon, quickly proved to be too cramped. The wars however delayed the construction of the large chapel, opened in 1689 by Hardouin-Mansart. The architect did not see the end of construction as he died in 1708. That year, his brother-in-law Robert de Cotte replaced him, but the general lines of the architecture and decoration had been decided since 1699: a floor plan with a nave, side aisles and an ambulatory, an elevation with galleries, a harmony of white and gold contrasting with the polychromy of the ornamental marble tiling and paintings of the vault; resulting in an original work where influences of gothic architecture and baroque aesthetics mix. 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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