Early images of Versailles
King Louis XIII obtained Versailles in the 1630s and ordered the construction of a palace on the site. His successor, Louis XIV (the “Sun King”), oversaw the expansion of the palace and the development of its renowned gardens and fountains. Louis XIV officially moved the French royal court to the château of Versailles at the end of the 17th century.
Here we present several early images of Versailles from the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection. Engravings such as these could be sold either singly or as series to be bound together in luxurious books.
Images in this post derived from:
Vues de Versailles. Paris: s.n., between 1664 and 1689. [HOLLIS]
Gilles de Mortain, Les plans, profils, et elevations, des ville, et château de Versailles. Paris: Chez Demortain, ca. 1716. [HOLLIS]