Record number 04/2894
Title[Vues de Versailles].
Imprint(Paris):: [s.n.], [ca. 1689?]
Physical Description[95] pl. (32 dble.); 522 mm. ( Broadsheet).
Physical Description NotePlates [1-32] are double. Of these, plates [4,5, 23 and 32] are double and folding. Plates [4/5] and [19/20] form two long views. Plate [21] is inscribed by hand, '14'. Plates [2,7, 8, 17, 32] are pasted in.
Summary NoteThis collection of plates is without a title-page. It is listed in the 1802 Catalogue of the Royal Academy Library as 'Vues du Chateau et Jardins de Versailles, avec les Statues'. Most plates are dated (1664, 1667, 1672-4, 1676-84, 1688, 1689). Many of the suites of plates issued to record and celebrate the enterprises of Louis XIV's reign were reissued in twenty-three uniform volumes in 1727 with an accompanying Suite et arrangement des volumes d'estampes (which assigns its own titles to its various groups of plates). Compilations made before 1727 vary greatly in their contents.

The plates of the present compilation show:

[1-3] Plans of the chateau and near garden (drawn & engr. by Isr. Silvestre, 1680, 1667, 1674);

[4-5] Elevation of one side of the stables (engr. P. le Pautre after Mansart, 1689);

[6] General view (no signature or date);

[7,8] Views of chateau, forecourt (dr. & engr. Silvestre, 1664);

[9-11] Avenue, forecourt, garden front (dr. & engr. Silvestre, 1674);

[12-14] Garden front and garden (dr. & engr. Silvestre, 1682, 1674, 1676);

[15, 16] Forecourt (dr. & engr. Silvestre, 1684, 1682);

[17, 18] View from orangery (dr. & engr. Silvestre), and Plan of orangery (unsigned);

[19/20] Elevation of one side of the orangery (engr. Nolin after Mansart, 1688);

[21-31] Water features and fountains (engr. Perelle, L. Chastillon, L. Simonneau jun., I. Silvestre, P. le Pautre, 1677-89);

[32] Section of Marly waterworks (pub. C. Gournay);

[33-39] Statues (unsigned, undated);

[40] A statue of Latona (engr. J. Edelinck, 1679);

[41-52] Statues designed by Lebrun (engr. J. or G. Edelinck or Gir. Audran, 1679-81);

[53-60] Statues by P. Buyster, L. Lerambert (engr. Le Potre, one by Chauveau, one unsigned, 1672 or 1675);

[61-78] Fountains (dr. & engr. P. Le Pautre, 1672-9);

[79-87] Herms (engr. Le Potre, 1674);

[88, 89] Sphinxes (dr. & engr. Le Potre, 1676);

[90-95] Bronze vases by C. Ballin & F. Anguier (engr. Le Potre, 1672-77).
Responsibility NoteSeveral plates are signed by draughtsmen - I. Silvestre (1, 3, 7-17, 25, 29-31), J.H. Mansart (4, 19), L. de Chastillon (22), J. Cotelle (24), P. Le Pautre (27, 28, 61, 71, 72-78, 88, 89), Le Brun (41-52). Most are signed by their engravers - I. Silvestre (1, 3, 7-17, 25, 29-31), P. Le Pautre (5, 26-28, 53-56, 59-95), I.B. Nolin (20), Perelle (21), L. de Chastillon (22), L. Simonneau le jeune (24), J. Edelinck (40, 43, 44, 47, 49), G. Edelinck (41, 42, 45, 46, 50), G. Audran (48, 51, 52), F. Chauveau (58).

Four plates carry publisher's imprints - of Israel Silvestre (pl. 2, 17), N. Langlois (21), C. Gournay (32).
SubjectArchitecture, French - Sculpture - Statues - Palaces - Gardens - Garden structures - France - Versailles - Château de Versailles - 17th century - Baroque
Views - Plans - France - 17th century
Pictorial works - France - 17th century
Armorial bindings - France - 18th century
ReferencesRIBA, Early printed, 1 (1994), no. 518.

The plates engraved by Lepautre are described in Bibliothèque Nationale, Inventaire du fonds français Graveurs du XVIIe siècle Tome 11, 12 ... par Maxime Préaud (2 v., 1993, 1999).

A. Sauvy, 'L'illustration d'un règne: le Cabinet du Roi et les projets encyclopédiques de Colbert', in L'art du livre à l'Imprimerie nationale (Paris, 1973), p. 103-127; A. Jammes, 'Louis XIV, sa bibliothèque et le Cabinet du Roi', in The Library, 5. ser. 20:1 (Mar 1965), 1-12; J. Porcher, 'L'origine du Cabinet des planches gravées du roi', in Bulletin de la Société de l'histoire de l'art francais, 1928, p.45-52.
Copy NoteInscribed in ink on front endpaper, 'Ce Livre de Versailles est Complete en toutes manieres il y a de plus sept statues gravées par Edelinck qui sont dans le Petit Parc qui sont extraordinairement rares & d'autres figures qui manquent dans le plus part des copies de ce livre.' Plate [21] has number, caption, signature and imprint inscribed in ink: '14 Veüe du Belveder pour le bout du Canal de Versailles gravé par Perelle à Paris chez N. Langlois rüe St. Jacques à la Victoire avec Privilege.' Plate [23] has its caption inscribed in ink, 'Le Bosquet des Bains d'Apollon à Versailles'.
Binding Note19th-century quarter morocco, brown cloth-covered boards, upper and lower covers inset with square of 18th-century mottled calf binding carrying gilt-stamped arms of France; gilt-decorated spine lettered 'R.A. 1672-75', red morocco spine-label lettered 'Vues De Versailles'. Bound with 'Plusieurs Grouppes De Figures Du Grand Escalier De Versailles, Dir L'Escalier Des Ambassadeurs' (n.d.).
ProvenanceAcquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.
Variant TitleVues De Versailles
Vues du Chateau et Jardins de Versailles, avec les Statues
Contributors Silvestre, Israel, 1621 - 1691, draughtsman, engraver, publisher
Mansart, Jules Hardouin, 1646 - 1708, draughtsman
Châtillon, Louis de, 1639 - 1734, draughtsman, engraver
Cotelle, Jean, 1642 - 1708, draughtsman
Lepautre, Pierre, 1660 - 1744, draughtsman, engraver
Le Brun, Charles, 1619 - 1690, draughtsman
Nolin, Jean Baptiste, 1657 - 1725, engraver
Edelinck, Jean, 1643 - 1680, engraver
Edelinck, Gérard, 1640 - 1707, engraver
Simonneau, Louis, le jeune, 1654 - 1727, engraver
Audran, Gérard, 1640 - 1703, engraver
Chauveau, François, 1613 - 1676, engraver
Langlois, Nicolas, the younger, ca.1670 - 1707, publisher
Gournay, Charles, fl. 1691-1693, publisher
Pérelle, engraver
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