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Print made by unknown artist
after Jacques Rigaud, 1681–1754

The Obelisk in the Garden at Versailles

Additional Title(s):

L'Obelisque dans les Jardins de Versailles

Etching and engraving hand-coloured in watercolor and gouache on moderately thick, moderately textured, cream antique laid paper
Sheet: 12 5/16 x 18 1/16 inches (31.2 x 45.9 cm), Plate: 9 9/16 x 17 13/16 inches (24.3 x 45.2 cm), Image: 9 3/16 x 17 1/2 inches (23.3 x 44.4 cm), Image: 8 7/16 x 17 1/2 inches (21.5 x 44.4 cm)

Lettered lower left below image within platemarks: "Rigaud delin."; lettered lower left to lower center below image within platemarks: "L'Obelisque dans les Jardins de Versailles. | Cette gerbe s'éléve a 50 pieds de haut: elle est Composee de 230 jets d'eau. Le bassin est un quarre long Coupe aux 4 angles, borde et | exhause de 5 degres de Gazon. Une Cascade de 5 nappes a chaque Cote du quarre fournir d'eau le Canal, Qui regne tout au tour.~"; lettered lower center to lower right below image within platemarks: "The Obelisk in the Garden at Versailles. | This Fountain is composed of 230 spouts, & rises 50 feet high: The Basin is of an oblong Square with the Corners cut off: it has a Border of | Grass & Middle is raised by 5 Steps of the same: A Cascade with 5 Falls on each Side of the Basin, fills the Canal that runs round the whole."; lettered lower center within platemarks: "Printed for John Bowles at the Black House in Cornhill."

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
axis, vanishing | carriages | carts | costume | foliage | fountain | garden | genre subject | Grand Tour | hedge | hexagon | landscape | landscaping | steps
Associated Places:
Europe | France | Versailles | Versailles, Parc de
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