The album of Marie-Antoinette - Collection of views and plans of the Petit Trianon
In 1774, Marie-Antoinette took possession of the Petit Trianon and redesigned its gardens. Following the fashion of the time, she created from scratch an English or Anglo-Chinese garden, an Eden of undulating terrain and elegant buildings. With the pride of an owner, she commissioned her architect, Richard Mique, to produce several large watercolour collections, true portraits of her new estate. The subtle watercolours of the painter Claude Louis Châtelet capture the enchanting atmosphere of the place.
Élisabeth Maisonnier, chief curator at the Château de Versailles and head of the drawing room, has chosen to reproduce Marie-Antoinette's personal copy and has devoted a study to it which highlights the special place of the Petit Trianon in the vogue for English gardens at the end of the 18th century.
44 and 76 pages / 20 and 125 illustrations
Coédition Château de Versailles / In Fine éditions d'art