Isaac and Ede Antique Prints
Coeur Palais Royal

Louis le Coeur after Claude Desrais

The Palais Royal Garden Walk
Promenade du Jardin de Palais Royal

23 x 15 inches

An etching with additional aquatint and full, original hand colour. Engraved by Louis le Coeur after the painting by Claude Desrais (1745-1816). This historically fascinating and enjoyable print was published in Paris in 1787.

The scene depicts the gardens of the Palais Royal in Paris, opposite the entrance to the Louvre, at the height of their popularity. From 1781-1784 Louis Phillippe, the Comte de Orleans, enlarged and commercialised the gardens to make them the most fashionable shopping arcade in Europe. There were over 145 shops, boutiques, salons and cafes in the gardens and these attracted the wealthiest and most fashionable of Parisian society. The aristocracy flocked to the gardens to promenade, make purchases and simply be seen by the bon ton. Set all this against the momentous events that were about to unfold in Paris culminating in the bloody revolution of 1789 and the subsequent overthrow of the monarchy and we can see how poignant and historically significant this print becomes. It is a rare glimpse into the aristocratic excesses of pre-Revolutionary France.

£650

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