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Plate 66, Veve du Chateau de St. Cloud du cote de la Grance Avenue a la Seconde Grille
Paris: late 18th century. This superb hand-colored engraving, Plate 66, Veve du Chateau de St. Cloud du cote de la Grance Avenue a la Seconde Grille, from the late 18th century measures 19.75” x 26.75” and is in excellent condition with light foxing in the margins. This engraving illustrates an entrance into Chateau St. Cloud, a residence of French rulers built in 1572, and owned in 1658 by Louis XIV's brother, "Monsieur", Philippe, duc d'Orléans. This dramatic and vibrant scene shows courtiers and noblemen entering one of the side gates, by horseback, foot or carriage, to the expansive courtyard of Chateau St. Cloud. This engraving uses perspective in a dynamic way, with the trees in the foreground extremely tall and the buildings and surrounding foliage reducing in size as they move further away. During the mid to late 18th century, the trend amongst European artists, printmakers and publishers, was to visually record their own country's architectural treasures, and the natural beauty of their gardens. Motivated by national pride, artists and printmakers began to publish views of their most-admired estates and grounds. In addition to being a visual record of the countryside, they were meant to encourage public recognition of national treasures. These prints were meant to be purchased by the English and foreign tourists whom desired a memento of their travels. Louis XIV (1638-1715), the Sun King of France, had grown up during a civil war between rival factions of aristocrats, known as the Fronde, and wanted a site where he could control the French government by absolute ru … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Arader Galleries San Francisco [San Francisco, CA, U.S.A.]
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