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The main block of the impressive chateau at Versailles is visible in the distance on the right-hand side of this painting, depicted before Louis XIV made major alterations in the 1680s. The gardens themselves also underwent later changes. This picture is therefore of great historical interest in showing the menagerie, part of the extensive garden, at a relatively early stage in its development. The most likely attribution for this work is the traditional one to Adam Frans van der Meulen, court painter to Louis XIV.
oil on canvas
H 101.6 x W 148.6 cm
bequeathed by Mrs E. B. Piercy in memory of her father, Thomas Hall Sissons, 1948