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View of the Orangerie of Versailles, taken from the balustrade at the edge of the terrace of the chateau

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Jacques Rigaud was a prolific and meticulous etcher/engraver of landscapes. As the present drawing reveals, he executed highly finished drawings in preparation for his prints. His most notable works were his topographic studies of palaces in both France and England. Versailles was the palace on...

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On mount, recto, lower right, stamped in blind -- mark of J.-B. Glomy, Lugt 1119

Provenance

Mounted by Jean-Baptist Glomy (18th century, Paris, Lugt 1119), Jean Bloch; sold Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 21 May 1957, lot 16g; with Galerie J. Kugel (Paris), 1996; sold, London, Christie's, 3 July 2007, lot 126; purchased at the auction by the MFA. Accesioned by the MFA September 19, 2007

Credit Line

Ernest Wadsworth Longfellow Fund

Vue de L'Orangerie de Versailles, prise de la balustrade au bord de la terrasse du château

1720s

Dimensions

Sheet: 22.5 x 47.3 cm (8 7/8 x 18 5/8 in.) Framed: 42 x 66 x 4 cm (16 9/16 x 26 x 1 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2007.602

Medium or Technique

Black chalk, pen and gray ink, and brush with gray wash

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