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Vast numbers of visitors come lo Versailles to spend a 
day in visiting the Palace, its halls and rooms, the Museum, 
the Park, and the Trianons. It is advisable if possible to 
divide the visit into two or three days, but it is possible in a 
single day to see this fine collection, if no time be lost and the 
visitor be well directed. Such is the object of the present 
guide. In following exactly the routes we indicate, and in 
examining those objects which are mentioned as worthy of 
attention, and at the same time passing rapidly where we 
recommend no stay to be made, the visitor will leave the 
Palace having seen all its beauties : ceilings and decorations, 
grand marble mosaics, sculptured and gilded wainscotting, 
lintels, copper carvings, antique furniture, pictures, busts, 
etc. That is to say the visitor will have hid under his eyes 
the most beautiful specimens of the ivn tt and ivm tt ceo- 

turies. The connoisseur, the casual visitor and the artist 
will all find their tastes gratified, whether of pleasure or 


A few historical notes wiH furnish all necessary information 
upon what has been done in the galleries and halls, and 
what purpose they served in times past, from what period 
they date, their style, and the principal artists whose master- 
pieces they are. 

The engravings which accompany the text will assist the 
visitor in retaining a souvenir of what he may have admired. 
The plans will facilitate the inspection of the halls of the 
Palace, the principal rooms of the Museum, the gardens and 
statues of the Park. 

For the visit to the Museum it has been thought unneces- 
sary to give a complete list of the pictures, as each one bears 
a label indicating the subject and name of the artist. Those 
who may wish to possess full details will find them in the 
catalogue of Eudore Soulie in three volumes and a supple- 
ment, giving a description of the 5000 works of art contained 
in the museum. One may however consult with greater 
satisfaction the recent volume of Messrs Nolhac (curator of 
the Museum) and A. Perate, entitled the National Museum 
of Versailles, and containing 110 reproductions of the princi- 
pal works. 

The object of the present guide is to give the public the 
satisfaction of seeing everything of interest, and carrying 
away a complete idea of that most admirable work of art, the 
Palace of Versailles. 

The Villas of the Grand and Little Trianons complete Ver- 


smiles. In order to have an eiact idea of the residence of 
the former monarchs, the visitor should not omit to visit these 
two Villas of which the Little Trianon displays a most charm- 
ing example of the style of Louis XVI. 

L. B. 


Versailles can be reached in about 35 minutes by raihvnv 
brin<; ">'J trains a day each way between the Saint-Lazare . 
ami -~iO trains by Invalides Station Paris and Versailles, 29 , 
fronfilie Montparnasse Station. The fares are 1 fr. G5 first class, 
1 fr. 15 second class, single journey, by Saint-Lazare Station, and 
1 fr. 50 and 90 centimes by Montparnasse and Invalides -stations. 

The most enjoyable way, however, is by the four-in-hand carriages 
of Messrs Cook, which leave their Office place de 1'Opera in front of 
the Grand Opera House every day. mreopt Monday. The itinerary covered 
by these carriage drives is as follows, and-Uie fare 8 shillings. 


Church of St. Augustin, Pare Monccau, Arc de Triomphe, Bois de 
Boulogne, Lakes, Grand Cascade. Racecourse of l-ongchamps, Citadel 
of Mont Valerien, Town and Park of St. Cloud, Montretont-Buzenval. 
Forest of Ville-d'Avray, Avenue dePicardie, Versailles, Grand Trianon, 
Private Apartments of the Empress Josephine, Napoleon I., etc., and 
State Carriages ^time for luncheon). Palace, Museum and Park 
of Versailles, Avenue de Paris, Viroflay, Chaville, Sevres, Porcelain 
Manufactory, Billancourt, Fortifications of Paris, Viaduct of Auleuil, 
Palace and Park of the Trocadero, Embankment of the Seine, Court 
<a Reine. 

Cook's Four-in-Hand Excursions start at ten o'clock precisely, re- 
turning at half past five, in time for table d'hote dinner. Tici>eU 
thould b secured on the previou* dav 

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The Palace of Versailles is one of the most perfect building? 
in Krance from an artistic point of view, and certainly the 
most instructive for visitors. It was built in its original form 
under Louis XIII, enlarged by Louis XIV to its present immense 
size, and inhabited by the French kings up to the Revolution. 
It has since been converted into a museum and, having con- 
ti niicd to play a part in great national events, presents to the 
public a collection of the most interesting souvenirs of 

The history of the Palace is markedly shown in its con- 
struction. Standing in the entrance court, on the spot where 
the modern statue of Louis XIV is placed, and where formerly 
stood the entrance of the railing forming the royal court 
between the two wings of the Palace, we notice buildings of 
different periods. 


A portion of the brick and stone constructions growing 
narrower towards the elegant marble coiirt, under the windows 
of Louis XIV room, dates from Louis XIII. 

Louis XIII was in reality the true founder of Versailles and 
(his architect was probably Le Ro\) built there in 16:24 
a hunting box of which something is preserved amidst the 
gorgeous buildings of Louis XIV. 

This little box of Louis XIII was little to speak of. It formed 
only the three sides of the narrow called cuur de marbre 
(marble court), the pavement of which as well as the central 
farade and the decoration of the roof date from Louis XIV. 

All the portions of the Chateau, of the court and the 
forecourt, where again brick predominates, belong to the first 
enlargements of the Chateau by Louis XIV, who firstly adopted 
the hunting box of his father as a rendez-vous of pleasure and 
gave there a series of court festivities still celebrated. The 
wings acquired the name ofAiles des Ministres in 1G2, at the 
time of the installation of the offices of the government, when 
the Grand King settled at Versailles and established there the 
seat of Royalty. 

The work of Louis XIV is very noticeable on the side of the 
Palace towards the gardens. But on the entrance side our 
attention is arrested by a building of Louis XV's time, a 
massive heavy-looking wing, called after its designer " the 
Gabriel wing ". It was built in the year 1772, and formed 
part of a plan for the entire remodelling of the Palace. In 
accordance with the taste of the hour, the idea was to rebuild 
ihe entire centre in Greco-Roman style. 

This grievous work of vandalism was interrupted by tho 
financial distress of the country under Louis XVI. Napoleon / 
intended to resume it, and ordered Dufour to begin the 
companion wing to that of Louis XV of which the Pavilion 
only was completed in 1820. The Gabriel wing and the Du- 
four Pavilion occupy the place of colonnaded pavilirns of lh 


time of Louis XIV which we see in old pictures and against 
which abutted the railing enclosing the Royal Court. 

The endless facade on the gardens gives the most jnM idea 
of the extent of the Chateau and the immense woik o( 
Louis XIV, the size of which it is impossible to take in at a 
iin-.'le glace from the parterre. 

The main body of the Chateau completely covering the sm:t!l 
square original building is the work of the architect Le Van: 
tlic largo wings that of Mansart. But the front facade of ihe 
Chateau underwent a considerable change in 1(>79. The cen- 
tral portion of the first storey of Le Vau's building consisted of 
a large terrace at the two extremities of which vas a large 

This change dates from 1679. The main building of the 
Palace is older by ten years, and the great wings on the 
souih and north were begun, one in 1679, and the oilier 
in 1084. The Chapel, surmounted by its gilded lantern, was 
built between 1699 and 1710. All then that we see of the 
I'alare from the grounds dates from the reign of Louis XIV. 
The visitor will be interested in the old pictures in room 54 
of the Museum, showing the different enlargements of the 

The different periods of architecture are as clearly shown 
in the interior as on the exterior. Nowhere may the three 
lireat decorative styles of the xvn u and xvm lk centuries be 
studied from more perfect or more correctly dated models. 

In spite of restorations and mutilations, the ancient works 
of art collected at Versailles are, as a whole, second to none 
in France. It is indeed the Museum of National Decorative. 
Art, which would be easy to complete by the addition of 
some fine pieces of furniture, so as to recall what was for- 
merly there. 

The day of the Revolution, October 6 U 1789, recalled 
Louis XVI to Paris, and withdrew the seat of government from 

\ersai!Ies. T!ie Revolution did not harm the Palace, but tb.8 
Convention ordered all the furniture to be sold, thus scattering 
treasures which are now almost priceless. The Directoire 
established there an ephemeral Museum of the Ffench school. 
Napoleon and afterwards Louis XVIII intended living at the 

The final destiny of the Palace was fixed by Louis-Philippe, 
who appropriated to it enormous sums from the civil list, and 
made a great Museum, consecrated " to All the Glories of 
France ". This Museum, inaugurated in 1857, has in reality 
become a museum of French history under all its aspects, and iis 
collections are the most important and numerous of those of 
the same kind in Europe. 

We cannot help regretting that the creation of new galle- 
ries has led to the destruction of several fine suites of rooms, 
and the decorative treasures they contained. But it has pro- 
bably preserved the Palace to the Nation, by giving it a worthy 
use; and the number of works of art both paintings and 
statuary which is collected there, is precious to history and 

A general rearrangement of the Museum, particularly in 
the portrait galleries, has recently been undertaken, and has 
already given satisfaction to the public. The resources placed 
in the hands of the administration are unfortunately insuffi- 
cient. The Museum only contains works of an historic cha- 
racter. Everywhere accurate descriptions assist the observa 
tions of visitors. 

Fresh acquisitions, some presented, others purchased by the 
Stale of the contemporaneous portion are constantly flowing 
in to fill up existing deficiencies. 

The National Museum only occupies the centre of the Palace 
and a portion of the wings. The rest has been under the 
jurisdiction of Parliament since the National Assembly placed 
the seat of Government si Vers&ille* in 1X71. The hall lo 

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which the Museum was then confined (formerly ttie opera 
house) became in 1875 the Senate house, and there was built 
at this time a hall for the Chamber of Deputies, to-day in use as 
the Hall of Congress. 

Briefly the chief historical events of which the Palace ol 
Versailles has been the scene are as lollows : 

Louis XIV (the Grand Monarch) died here 1715. 

Louis XV died 1775. Here also Damiens tried to assassinate 

Louis XVI, who was guillotined Jan. 21, 1795, was forciblj 
carried away from the Palace of Versailles in 1789. 

In 17'Jo the Palace was converted into a manufactory of 
arms, and in 1815 it was pillaged by the Prussians. 

After the fall of Napoleon it was occupied in succession by 
Louis XVIII, Charles X and Louis-Philippe. 

In 1855 Queen Victoria was received here by Napoleon III. 

In 1871 the Palace was occupied by the Gercian forces and 
on the '18 U of January King William of Prussia was here 
proclaimed Emperor of Germany. 

After the departure of the German troops it became the 
seat of the Government of France under the presidency of 
M. Thiers and continued so until the year 1880, when tb 
Government was removed to Paris. 




The Palace is built on a hill, and is faced by a large square, 
known as the " Place d'armes " or " Parade ", which unites 
three large avenues in the centre the Paris avenue, to the 
right that of Saint-Cloud, . and to the left that of Sceaux. 
The whole has a majestic appearance which prepares us for 
the contemplation of the magnificent residence of Louis XIV. 

The avenue of Saint-Cloud is separated from that of Paris by 
the " Great Slables ", wfiere the king's horses used to be kepi, 
and the avenues of Parb and Sceaux are separated by a 
similar structure, the " Little Stables ", where the carriages 
were kept. To-day, one contains artillery workshops, and the 
other Barracks of Engineers. 

The two stables were designed by Mansart, and have contained as 
many as 2500 horses. 


The entrance-court, or avant-cour, is separated from the 
Place d'armes by a long iron-railing with three gilded bays. 
The centre one is surmonted by an escutcheon with the arms 
of France, A master piece of iron-work. 

This court lies between the two great buildings called 

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"w.ngs of the ministers", where the ministers of the old 
monarchy lived, and where several ministries took refuge in 
tin- Commune of 1871. 

_JEhe sixteen marble statues in the court, which are 4 metres 
(13 feet) high, were placed there by Louis-Philippe, at the 
time of the conversion of the Palace into a museum. With 
'.he exception of those of four marshals of the Empire, they 

^ were executed in the time of Louis XVIII for the decoration 

K of Ihe Bridge of Concord, Paris. 

/ The equestrian statue of Louis XIV, executed in bronze by 

N order of Louis-Philippe, marks the entrance to the Court 
Royal, which was formerly separated from Ihe fore-court by 
an iron-railing. The part between the buildings built nearest 
together is called the marble court; its marble flags have 
recently been restored. 

We can enter the Chateau on the left by the grand staircase 
known an The Queen s Stairs , which opens on the Court 
Royal. But it is preferable to make our way at once to the 
rigid, towards the little Chapel-Court, where we find the prin- 
cipal entrance to the museum. 


We notice the upper cornice of the Chapel, which is one ot 
the most beautiful portions of the architecture of the Palace, 
with its stone statues and windows ornamented \rith ele- 
gant sculptures. The Chapel was built between 16D9 and 
1710 by Mansart and his successor Robert de Cotte. 

If we intend examining in detail the interior of the Chapel 
we mutt speak to the officer at the entrance to the museum, but 
we can study it ai leisure up the first floor, the doors being 
always open. 

The principal entrance to the museum is at the end of tiiti 
Chapl Court, under the passage to the right. 



If we are pressed for time, we must, on entering, turn to 
Ihe right, past the large bas-relief (Passage of the Rhine by 
Louis XIV) and enter the " African Rooms " by the door wito 
the Stone Gallery (Smalah. etc., page 2o'). If we only wish to 
see the slale-aparlments, we must ascend the staircase by 
the side of the chapel-door, which leads to the upper vestibule 
(page 50). 

If we have plenty of time, or the chance of coming again, we 
will enler by the door to the left of the bas-reliel, where the stall 
of books and photographs stands. This brings us to the 

These rooms contain pictures recalling the principal historic deeds 
from the time of Clovis up to the Revolution. The visitor will liiid 
the works of Juch modern a' lists as Paul Delaroche (Charlemagne 
crossing the Alps), Ary Schefler (The death of Gaston de FOI.I/, 
Schnetz, Lariviere, Cabanel, etc. Among the pictures of the time of 
Louis XIV and Louis XV, are to be found the work> of Van der Meulen, 
Testelin, the two Marlins, Panocel, etc. Each picture bears m 
explanatory label. 

Going out at Ihe bottom of the staircase built in 1851 and turning 
to the right is the 


This contains chiefly pieces of scuplture of the middle ages (casts 
of the royal statues on the tombs of St. Denis, or marbles executed 
after these statues). In the centre is the tomb of Ferdinand, King 
of Aragon, and Isabella, Queen of Castile, a great cast taken from 
the marble original at Granada. 



Vestibule of the Chapel. 

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12. Rooms containing 
historic pictures from the time of Clovis to that 
of Louis XVI. 

13. Staircase of the North wing. 

li. Opera-hall, now the ball for the meetings of the 

15. Vestibule of the Opera-hall. 

16. Stone Gallery. 

17. 18, 19, 20, 21. Rooms of the Crusades. 
22, 23, 24. Vestibules. 

25. Northern Arcade. 

86. Vestibule leading to the Ambassadors' Staircase, 

built by Louis-Philippe. 

87. Vestibule. 

98, 29, 30. Rooms of plan-pictures. 
SI. Vestibule. 

32. Central Vestibule. 

33. Gallery of recent acquisitions. 

51, 36, 36. Views of Ancient Royal residences. 
87. Priwrce Entrance. 

18. Vestibule leading to the Marble or Queen's Stal 

Slate entrance <o the Apartment*. 



Southern Arcacj. 

41. Vestibules. 

43, 44, 45, 46 .New Galleries or the XVIII Centum. 

48, 19. 50. Dauphin's Apartments (new ponraji 

Lower Gallery. 

53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58. Rooms of Portraits. 
Room of the celebrated warriors. 
68, 69, 70, 71, 72. Rooms of the campaigns of 1796 

to 1805. 

Vestibule of the Chamber. 
75, 76, 77, 78, 79, 80. Rooms of the campaign* 

of 1805 to 1810. 
Stone gallery. 
Vestibule of the Princes' Stajrca. 

A. Reservoirs. 

C. Staircase leading to he Constantine rooms. 

D. Sacristy. 

E. Pavilion of Orleans (to the Chamber of 

F. Pavilion of Provence. 
L Clumber of Deputies. 

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On the right is the entrance to the 


The pictures in iliese rooms commemorate the history of the expe- 
ditions in the East between the ll tk and 13 lk centuries, made Lj 
Christian Europe for the deliverance of Jerusalem and the Holy Se- 
pulchre. The ceilings, friezes and pillars bear armour belonging to 
kings, princes and knights, who took part in the Crusades. 

The doors of cedar-wood and the bronze mortar placed in the lar- 
gest room come from the hospital of the Knights of Rhodes. 


On leaving the rooms of the Crusades, the visitor should asrrnd 
the staircase marked Africa, Crimea, Italy, and enter the large 


On the end wall are three great pictures by Horace Vernet, 
representing the capture of Gonstantine. The picture on the 
left, the Assault, is probably the finest work. The other paint- 
ings in the room are also by Horace Vernet. All the figures 
of officers and soldiers are from portraits. We enter on the 


The celebrated picture by H. Vernet (69 1/2 by nearly 16 ft) 
represents the Taking of the Smalah from Abd-el-Kader by 
the Duke d'iumale in 1845. 


On the right is the Battle of Isly, gained by marshal Bngeaud 
over the Moors in 1844 ; and opposite, the Siege of Rome and 
episodes from Ihe Mexican war. 

In a cabinet is a bas-relief byCarpeaux, Napoleon III receiv- 
ing Abd-el-Kader, a,nd an English clock taken in 1830 from 
the Dey of Algiers. 

Re-crossing the Constantine Room we come to the 


This contains complete illustrations of the expedition in 
the Crimea, notably the fine painting .by Pils (Battle of Alrna) 
and the three pictures by Yvon illustrating the Capture of the 
Malakoft (1855). There are also watercolours on the Siege of 
Sebastopol, and busts of generals who took part in the cam- 

The Italian war (1859) is represented by two pictures by 
Yvon : Magenta and Solferino. 

From the Gonstantine Room visitors can enter the Stone 
Gallery on the first floor, situated immediately above that on 
the ground-floor, by two passages, each formed of two rooms 
filled with interesting modern pictures. Either passage will 

MODERN ROOMS (99 to 101). 

In the rooms on the left the visitor will notice the Retreat 
from Russia, the Battle of Inkermann, by Gustave Dore, the 
Reception of Siamese Ambassadors at Fontainebleau, by Ge- 
r6me, etc. 

In the rooms on Ihe right : The Federation Fete in 17'JO, 
by Couder, the Volunteers of 1792, by Vinchon, the Last Vic- 
tims of the Terror, by Muller, the Meeting of Napoleon and 
Czar Alexander, by Serangeli, etc. 

After visiting this modern part of the Museum, visitors 
pressed for time should turn to the left into the sculpture 
gallery, and go direct to the Chapel Vestibule (page 30). 


Others should turn to the right arriving at the grand staircase at 
the extremity of the wing, and ascend to the second storey to see 
Ihe important collection of historical portrailt exhibited in the 

NORTH ATTIC (galleries 153-162). 

Visitors should enter by the door near the windows. The first 
room is reserved exclusively for the xvi" century, and containi 
some valuable portraits on wood of princes, ladies and historical 
persoiinajjes. The oldest work (xV century) represents Joan of Arc 
iu arnwur, on the left of the Virgin, on whose right is St. Michael 


the features are no longer discernible, but the heroine carries a 
cloud of siinctity which bears witness to the veneration with which 
the people of her time regarded the liberator of France. 

Chronological order is maintained in the following rooms and the 
gallery, which present most instructive illustrations of French his- 
tory in the shape of portraits of famous characters. The series of 
Louis XIV s time, thanks to Beaubrun, Lefevre, Bourdon, Mignard, 
Le Brun, Nocret, Rigaud. are particularly rich in fine pictures. 
These rooms are being re-arranged with a view to showing the 
paintings to a better advantage. 

The gallery is dedicated to the reigns of Louis XV and Louis XVI, 
znd contains portraits by Rigaud, Largilliere, Vaiiloo, 
Croiun, Mme Labille-Gu-vrd. Mine Vigte-Lebrun, etc 


Ascending the stain^e, we re-enter lh 

The first room is filled with souvenirs of 
the reign of Louis-Philippe, the second and 
third with those of the Restoration; the 
others follow the course of French History 
up to the time of the Egyptian Expedition. 
The visitor will notice many military pic- 

tures of the First Empire, which are all of 
great historical interest. 
Next comes the 


The construction is of the same period 
as the chapel (late Louis XIV). The king 
usec. to enter the Tribune through this vestibule. The visitor 
is now in a good position for inspecting the upper part of the 
Chapel, ind the paintings of the voulted root. 



fhese paintings represent : In the Centre, the Eternai 
Father in all his Glory, by Coypel ; at the end, the Resurrec- 
tion, by Delafosse ; above the King's Tribune, the Descent of 
the Holy Spirit, by Jouvenet. 

The high altar is surmounted by a Celestial Glory in gilded 
bronze, by Van Cleve. The pillars and all surfaces are deco- 
rated with magnificent bas-reliefs. 

The visitor should notice the ilded sculptures of the door 
leading to the Tribune, and the beautiful lock ol wrought 

At the side is 

This was tne great court ball-room of the xvm" century. It 
only dates from the beginning of the reign of Louis XV. The 
ceiling, one of IDP largest in existence (1>'J x 55 ft), repre- 
sents the Apotheotu of Hercuie*. 

Room of Her- 

106. Room of 


107. Room of Venus. 

108. Room of Diana. 

109. Room of Mars. 

110. Room of Mer- 


Room of Apollo. 
Room of War. 

Great Gallery, or Mirror- 

Rouin of Peace. 

Room of the Queen. 

Great cabinetof the Queen. 

The Queen's antichamber. 
118. liouin of the Queen's Guards. 
lift Queen's (or marble) Staircase. 
1-JO. Room of the King's Guards. 
141. King's Antichamh'T. 

123. Room with oval-window (Ox-eye 


124. Louis XIV's room. 

125. Chamberof the King orCouncil. 

126. Louis XV's room. 
147. Clock room. 

Ii8. Anlpcli:imt>er of the dogs. 

129. Lou 

130. Lou 

131. Scr, 
\~,->. Cab 
133. Lou 

131. Porcelain room. 
131 Ambassadors' Stairca* 

s NY's ilmiiin-hall. 

s XV .-.lUtx-!. 

mi i-abiri'-t of Louis XV. 

in -i o!' M.nhine Adelaide 

s XYl's library. 


156. Louis XVI's l>illiard room. 
137, 138. Watercolour-room. 
139. Room of the States-General. 
HO. Great Guard-Room. 
141, U2, 143. Ui. Historical rooms 

from 1792 to 1796. 
146. Watercolour-rooc. 

a. Bath-room. 

b. Room of wigs. 

c. Landing on thr Stairrj v of th 


d. Room in Loui* I VI stylo. 

e. Vestibule of the Queen's Stair- 


f. Rooms of Marie-Antoinette. 

g. Stucco staircase, leading to UM 

Attic of Chimav 


, This fine work-of-art, painted on prepared canvas, \va 
finished by Lemoine in 1736, and cleverly restored in 1885. 

The magnificent decorative bronzes in this room are by 
Tasse. The visitor should notice those of the fire-place, and 
the border of the picture representing the Passage of the 
Rhine in 1672. 

The door leads to the State apartments of Louis XIV. 


The ceiling, painted by Rouasse, represents " Plenty " or 
"Royal Magnificence ". There are some large pieces of handi- 
work in gold and some agate vases which represent the furni- 
ture of the Palace. The pictures, replacing ancient tapes- 
tries, are by Van der Meulen, the principal painter of battle 
scenes in Louis XIV's time. 

The visitor, before further examining these apartments, can visit 
some ot the smaller rooms, entering by the door opposite the 


Here are some valuable watercolours by Van Blarenberghe, relat- 
ing to the campaigns of Louis XV, and remarkable for the number 
of small figures and the accuracy of the details of the landscape. 
There are also : Costumes of Infantry under Louis XV, Views of 
the gardens of Versailles, etc. 


The frieze of this room represents the procession on the eve of 
the reunion of the States-General in 1789, at Versailles. The pic- 
lure by Couder represents the opening of the SUtes-Council by 
Louie XVI, in the room of Pocket-Money (Menus Plaisirs), Street of 

There are two great pictures recalling the war of 1870-71 : Chargt 
of the Cuirassiers at Morsbronn (battle of Reichshoffen), by Aim4 
Morot, and the Fight of the Pldtriere (battle a f Champigny), by 
Alphonse de Neuville. 

Re-entering the Room of Plenty and the Grand Apartments, we coo* 
to the 


The five rooms of which this 
is the lirst, each Lear the na:;ie 
of a planet, and the presiding 
divinity is represented on the 
teiling with his or her principal 
attributes. The fine carving of the 
doors, the work of Callieri, give 
the different emblems belonging 
to each name. The visitor 'should 
notice the figure of Louis XIV and 
his personal emblem, the Sun. 
The locks, equally remarkable, 
IHe door-handles, and the win- 
dow-sashes, are the work of the 
Italian carver, Dominique Gucci. 
The Grand Apartments were 
sumptuously furnished, and hung 
with Gobelin tapestry represeni- 
ing Ihe history of Louis XIV. 
These rooms were used three 
times a week for the celebrated 
receptions of the Court, which 
was for the most part confined 
to the great wings of the Palace. 
Some were set apart for games, 
cihers for music and dancing. 
The room of Venus was the re- 
freshment room. In the niche 
is a statue of Louis XIV as a Roman 

At the right there was for- 
merly 9 door opening on the grant 

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Ambassadors' Staircase, a master-piece of architecture, 
destroyed in the overhauling of the Palace in the time of 
Louis XV. 

The whole room is lined with most beautiful marble mo- 
saics; so perfect is their construction that none have been 
displaced for more than two centuries. Above the door are 
some bas-reliefs in gilded copper. 


The room of Diana was, in the time of Louis XIV, the 
billiard-room. The ceiling represents Diana presiding over Na- 
vigation and the Chase. The decoration of the room, like that 
of the preceding one, is exactly as it was in Louis XIV's time. 
There is a table topped with Florence mosaics, which is one 
of the rarest pieces of furniture of the time. It was brought 
to Versailles at the time of its conversion into a Museum. 

Opposite the windows is a bust of the King by the sculptor 
Bernin, the most celebrated Italian artist of that time. 

ROOM OF MARS (109). 

The ceiling represents the God of War in a car drawn by 

Over the fireplace is a picture of Louis XIV as a child on hor- 
seback, with the bridge of Pont-Neuf in the back-ground. This 
room like the following, was hung with magnificent tapestry. 
The celebrated compositions of the history of the king, by Le 
Brun and Van der Meulen were woven for them at the Goblins. 

Some of these hangings have been recently replaced. 
Those of the room represent the Taking of Ddle and the 
K'ltrance of the King at Dunkirk. 


On the ceiling, Mercury drawn in a car by two cocks, is 

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accompanied by Vigilance. The room was used in the time 
of Louis XIV as a stale-chamber, and had a bed \viih a balus- 
trade of wrought silver in front. 
* The tapestry (de haute lisse) represents the Siege of Tour- 


nai, Louis XIV at the siege of Douai and the Defeat of :be 
Spaniards near Bruges. 



This was the throne-room, and in it Louis XIV gave 
audience to ambassadors. 

The beautiful ceiling painted by Lafosse, represents Apollo (lo 
whom the Sun-King is so often compared) on his car accompanied 
by the Seasons. 

The tapestry represents the Interview of Louis XIV and Philip IV, 
the Marriage of the King and Infante Marie-Thtrese and the Au- 
dience to the ambassador of Spain. 

ROOM OF WAR (112). 

This room is a companion to (he Glass-Gallery and Room of 
Peace, at the other extremity. The three ceilings were painted 
by C.harles Le Brun, first painter to the King, and designer of 
ail the decoration of the Palace. 

All the ornaments of the Room of War, trophies and bas-reliefs, 
are consistent with its name. The ceiling represents France sur- 
rounded by the victories of Louis XIV ; on the arched vaults are 
four symbolical pictures, Bellona in fury (opposite the fire-place), 
Holland, Germany and Spain. 

The bas-relief in stucco, Louis XIV on horseback, is the work of 
Coyscvox, one of the greatest sculptors of the age. 

The great trophies in gilded bronze in this room and the gallery 
were partly mo -lelled by him; they are incomparable master-pieces. 

Round the room are six busts of Roman Emperors, with heads of 
porphyry and marble draperies. 


Louis XIV had this gallery built by Mansart over a terrace 
forming an alcove between two pavilions built by Levaw. The 
decoration was directly superintended by Le Brun, who painted 
on the ceiling, in thirty scenes, the history of Louis XIV 
between 16G2 and 1678. Each picture is enclosed in a 
sculptured border, richly gilt. 

The explanatory inscriptions were made by Boileau and 
Racine An original sketch by Le Brun, the Conquest of 

|liii>M OK PEACI 


Fninche-Comtt, placed on an easel, may be compared with the 
finished composition. 

This Gallery is 244 feet long, 34 feet broad, and 42 f.-ei 
high. Each of the 17 windows overlooking the gardens ha.> a 
corresponding arch decorated with mirrors, joined with 
wrought copper. The great trophies ot gilt copper affixed to 
magnificent marbles, and the 24 groups of children in the 
cornice, are models by the best sculptors of the time of 
Louis XIV. 

This splendid decoration must have produced a striking 
eflect-when the wonderful furniture of olden times filled the 

In Louis XlV's time it possessed two immense carpets of 
the Savonnerie, curtains of white damask, brocaded with gold, 
sconces, high-stands, chandeliers, consoles, stools and silver- 
boxes holding orange-trees, bowls and vases fashioned by the 
most skilled workmen. All these grand pieces of silver-ware 
disappeared about 1689, and were taken to the Mint to Le 

They are shown in some of the pictures in the great apart- 
ments. They were replaced by some gilt furniture scarcely 
less magnificent than the former marvels, which was scat- 
tered in the same way as the rest of the furniture of Versailles, 
by the Revolutionary sale. 

The most important Court ftHes took place in the Glass Gal- 
lery. Among modern events we should recall the Pontifical 
Benediction given from the balcony by Pope Pius VII, Ja- 
nuary 3 r ', 1804; the Banquet inaugurating the Museum, 
in 1857; the Fete in honour of the Queen of England, 1855; 
the Coronation of the king of Prussia, as Emperor of Germany, 
January lx u , 1871 ; the Ball given by Marshal Mac-Mahon, at 
the close of the Universal Exhibition of 1878; the solemn cele- 
bration of the Centenary of the States-General by President 
Carnot and all the ministers of State, May 5 tt , 1889; andlistly. 


October 8" 1896, the reception of the Tzar, ixkholas 11, who 
appeared on the balcony in view of the immense crowd 
gathered in front of the Palace. 

The visitor should stand at one of the central windows and 
admire the symmetrical view of the gardens; close to the 
Palace is the reservoir with its two basins surrounded \\iih 
tironze statues; then, in the distance, the lawn leading to He 
Grand-Canal, in the back-ground. 


The glass door on the tirsl tier of the Gallery gives access to 
U.e Room of the King. 

This hall dates from the second half of the reign of Louis XV. 

It was decorated in 1755 by the sculptor Antoine Rousseau. 
The visitor will notice the two large panels on either side ol 
the lire-place, the bronzes of the tire-place, the bureau of 
Louis XV, the clock made in 1706, etc. 

In Louis XIV's time this room was divided into two por- 
tions; the King's study occupied the part near his bed-cham- 
ber, and the end opening on to the Gallery formed the Room 
of Wigs, which used to hold the wigs that the King changed 
several times a day. 

The King used to hold his Council in this room, and work 
with one of his ministers several hours daily. Here were 
decided the most important state affairs of the 18'" century. 
In this room took place the ceremony of " presentation " of 
the ladies newly admitted to the Court. 


These smaller apartments (closed on the days when the Great 
Fountains play) may be visited under the conduct of an official. 
They were made at ditTcient periods of Louis XV's time in order to 
give the king more privacy. They served the same purpose under 
Louis XVI, and wore richlv re-furnished for tlie few Im'irs the Em- 
peror and Empress of Kusu sp eul ia lllulll > O c tol ci 8", Iy6. 


They are admirable specimens of the elegant style of Louis XV, 
and some pieces of furniture of the same time, unfortunately very 
rare, have been replaced here. Nearly all the wainscoting is by the 
sculptor Verberckt. 

The first room is the bed-chamber of Louis XV, made in 1738 in 
place of a chief billiard-room of Louis XV. Louis XV died of small- 
pox here, on May 10 th , 1774. Here the royal family met on the mor- 
ning of October 6 tk 1789, when the Palace was invaded by the 
mob; and here Marie Antoinette passed long hours watching from 
the window the crowd that clamoured for her head. 

The clock-room is so called after beautiful Passemant' clock, placed 
here in 1749, a masterpiece of mechanism, showing days, months, 
years, phases of the moon, etc. The case of wrought bronze, remar- 
kable in itself, bears the signature of Jacques Cafiieri. The copper 
meridian fixed in woodwork, enables the time-piece to be regulated. 

The tables, in stucco, give plans of the principal royal hunts. The 
statuette is a model of the monument of Louis XV by Douchardon. 
The lintels of the door were placed there in the present century. The 
visitor will notice the beauty of the frames of the looking-glasses, 
the carved panels, and the frieze of the ceiling. 

The King's private study is probably the finest relic of Louis XV, 
and all the details are to be admired. It was from the window of 
this room that Louis XV, alone with a friend, watched the funeral 
procession of Madame de Pompadour, and uttered these words : 
" This is the last mark of respect I can show to her. " Here 
Louis XVI ordered Cardinal de Rohan, implicated in the Collier 
affair to appear before himself and the Queen, before his arrest in 
the Glass Gallery. 

The furniture, which belongs to a back cabinet was arranged by 
Louis XV on the site of the Little Gallery of Louis XIV and the Am- 
bassadors' Staircase which were destroyed in order to make an 
apartment for Madame Adelaide communicating with that of the kirig 
her father. 

At the present time there is here a rich hall called the Music Room, 
on account of the trophies in its decoration; this was the reception- 
room ot the princess. There is also a Library made for Louis XVI 
in place of Madame Adelaide's bedroom, and the King's private di- 
uing-room, tuaJe in 1770, called lii*? Porcelain Room, because OB iiie 


I 1 " of January the productions of the royal manufactory at 
used to be disployed here. 



LOUIS XIV'8 ROOM (124). 

From the King's or Council-Room the visitor ontf rs the ce n- 
tral portion of the Palace, which was, from the year I/O I, the 
bedroom of Louis XIV. Formerly it was used as the King's 
Study, -and the bedroom was in the neighbouring portion 
^Oval Window). In this bedroom there took place each daj 
a solemn and complicated function the King's toilet, lie 
used to dine " au petit couvert ", that is to say alone in hi; 
room, at a little square table in front of the middle window. 
The great audiences were given here; here, too, the King 
received the remonstrances of Parliament, seated in his arm- 
chair before the fire. 

Louis XIV died here, September 1"' 1715, after a reign of 
72 years. Louis XV slept here till 1738. On the 6 th of Octo- 
ber 1789, Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette were obliged to 
appear on the balcony before the Parisian mob which invaded 
the Palace and to promise that they would in future live at 
the Tuileries. 

The decoration, in a fine style of Louis XIY's time, is all very 
old, as is the balustrade, which no one is allowed pass. Over 
Hie King's bed N. Coustou has represented France watching 
over the monarchy, between two seated figures. The ceiling 
was intended to be decorated with paintings, but these have 
never been executed. 

The furniture does not strictly belong to the room. The 
different articles were collected, and the bed constructed, in 
the time of Louis-Philippe. The bed and arm-chairs were re- 
covered with pieces of tapestry from the old furniture of the 
room of Apollo (111). The lace counterpane belonged to the 
bed of Maria-Theresa, who died in 1685. 

Two objects of art should be particularly noted : the marble 
bust of the duchess of Burgundy, by ('.ovsevoi, and the wt* 


medallion of Louis XIV, taken in his 69 th year. The 
lion is finished with one of the King's own wigs. 


The room derives its name from the oval window, so noti- 
ceable on entering, and is the celebrated (Eil de Boeuf of 
Carlyles "French Revolution". The high frieze represents a 
children's hunt, and is one of the most beautiful decorative 
woiks of Louis XIV's time. Remarkable over the fireplace is the 
most magnificent bust of Louis XIV executed by Coysevox in 1 681 , 
during the most brilliant period of this monarch's re'ign. Amongst 
the pictures on wood is a large canvas by Nocret, representing 
Louis XIV and his family as the gods and goddesses of Olympia 
and which is an example of the sort of idolatry at the Court of 
the Grand King. 

There were formerly two different rooms here, one the bed- 
chamber and the other the ante-room. After its reconstruc- 
tion in 1701, the Ox-eye Room served as ante-chamber to the 
King's room. The courtiers used to wait here at the audience- 
time ; it was thronged when the King held receptions, and 
even when he rose in the morning and retired at night. It 
was in the heart of the Court, and was reached from the 
interior by the Glass Gallery (page 38). 

The room is reached from without by the salon on the left (121), 
whii'h has two doors, and was the hall " du grand convert ", that 
is in say, the one where the king;dined in public, and by the Guard 
Room (120) opening on to the great marble staircase, which we 
shall come upon again later on. Pictures of the XVII lk century, no- 
tably some by Van der Meulen, adorn the two rooms. 

In the Ox-eye Room there is one of the entrances to the Queen's 
apartments (closed on the days when the great fountains play) to 
which the visitor should have a guide. The entrance is sometime* 
here and sometimes by the Queen's bed-chamber (page 53). 



If in the plan.) 

The suite of small rooms bearing this name, formerly off-shoo'j 
ol the large apartment of the Queen, was entirely refitted for M.i; ic- 
Antoinctte. They had previously been occupied in a different form 
by Marie I.eczinska, wife of Louis XV. 

These rooms contain elegant models of the Louis XVI style. 

The visitor will observe : 

A passage communicating with the bed-chamber, by which Slarie- 
AntoineUe lied to the Ox-eye Room, to take refuge in Louis XYI'a 
apartments from the mob which invaded her own on the memor- 
al.le 6 tk of October. 

The " Meridienne ", an octagonal cabinet with mirrored recess 
ornamented with copper, wrought and gilded by Forestier, bolts and 
door-handles with the monogram of Marie-Antoinette. 

The Library, made for Marie-Antoinette, with the Austrian eagle 
on the drawer-handles. 

The Second Library, containing a little chest of taffeta, adorned 
with charming miniatures, presented to the Queen on the birth of 
the first dauphin, who died in 1789, the elder brother of Louis XVII. 

The Salon or large interior room, with a bust of Marie-Antoinette 
as a girl, by Pajow. The furniture is Louis XVI style. The Sevres 
tune-piece belonged to the Queen. There is an absurd legend 
connected with the mirrors, which says that Marie-Antoinette was 
horrified at beholding herself without a head, when she came to 
Versailles. The mirrors were not in existence at the time, and the 
eflrct produced is common to all the mirrors of this kind (for 
example those in the " Meridienne "). 

" The decoration is always white or gold, but very rich. The 
puiels represent winged monsters leaning on smoking trivets 
C'i twined with roses. Opposite the mirror which separates the 
vindows is a glass niche, Jarger than that of the " Meridienne ", 
with the arch draped in silk. Charming furniture ornamented thi 
recess, where Marie-Antoinette passed the greater part of her time 
Her private audiences were given here; Gluck, Gretry, and the- 
musicians *'>e patronized, performed their music in thii little room. 

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lanre enough for the entourage of a queen. n (P de Nolbac, Tkt 
reniu of Marie-Antoinette, p. 173.) 
'the bath-room, stripped of its furniture, is lighted like the other 


rt-:r.s from small dull courtyards, At the side is a little sitting room 
vvjui modern hangings. 

The exit is through the Room of the Queen's Guards (p. 56). 
The visitor should glance for a moment at the Queen's bed-chamber 
and the Hall of Peace, which are found on the right. These are 
contained in the principal route printed in large tyo* 

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Affpr risitine; th^ Ox-Eye Room, the visitor should re-enter 
fhe Glass Gallery, turn to the left, and rea?h HIP Hall of 

On the ceiling France is depicted seated in a car drawn !>y 
turtle-doves, preceded by Peace. Over the fireplace is Lemoi- 
ne's picture : Young Louis XV givinq Peace to France. 

The hall leading to the large apartments of the Queen wa> 
re-modrlled by Louis XV. It was the game and concert -hall of 
Marie Lerzinska and Marie-Antoinelte. The arcade by which 
it communicates with the Glass Gallery was closed by a great 
frame, which could be easily removed if the Hall of Peace w?s 
required to be joined to the Gallery and Hall of war, lor a 
great ceremony. 

From the window opposite the entrance is a splendid view 
of the Lake of the Swiss Guards (see p. 80). 


The decoration was executed for Queen Marie Lfczinska. 
The visitor will notice the ceiling with its arches, the border 
of looking-glass (two other mirrors were destroyed in the 
time df Louis-Philippe), four camayeus painted by lloiu lirr, 
linlels by Naloire and Detroy, and lastly the portraits of Marie 
Leczinska by Nattier, and Marie-Antoinelte by Mme Vigee- 

The Goblin tapestry, by De Troy, is a series from !he history jf 
F.s'hrr. The Swooning of Esther, the Coronation, and the Kepasi 
of Assiienis. 

The latter portrait is above the little door by which Marie- 
An.iiiiietle escaped on the 6 th of October, at about G o'clock in 
the nil rnin^, when tlie invasion of the Palace took place. The other 
door {jives access to the Hooms of the Queen (described on p.- 51). 

The hed was placed !>H \\-rcn these two doors, behind a gilded IK* 
lusirade, similar to that in the room of Louis XIV. The rings which 
supported the canopy are still to be seen. 

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This room was inhabited by Queen Maria-Theresa, wife of 
Louis XIV, who died in 1083; bv the Dauphine of Bavaria, wife of 


the Grand Dauphin, son of Louis XIV, died in 1690; by the duchess 
Burgundy, died in 1712; by Queen Marie Leczinska, died in 1768; 
by Marie-Antoinette, up till Oct. 6, 1789. Nineteen princes and 
Jtfwcesses of the house of Burgundy were born here. 




The Queen, or the Dauphine when there was no queen, 
held her circle here. The ladies who came to Court were 
" presented " in this room. 

The Goblin tapestry represents the Anointing of Louis XIV, the 
Alliance with the Swiss, lastly the Visit of Louis XIV accompanied 
by Colbert, to the manufactory of the Goblins To be seen in this 
composition are several pieces of gold smith's work which decorated 
the Glass gallery and the large apartments. 


The room, which was formerly the Ante-Chamber of the 
Queen, was used for her repasts " au grand couverl ", to 
which spectators were freely admitted. The King ate here 
in public with the Queen severad times. On the ceiling is 
the Family of Darius at the feet of Alexander, a copy of Le 
Brim's picture in the Louvre. 

The tapestry represents the Surrender of Marsal, the Taking 
of Lille, and the Audiences to the Spanish ambassador and the 
Pope's Legnte for " reperations " made to Louis XIV, in 1662 
and 1664. 


This beautiful room entirely panelled in marble, has pre- 
served the appearance it presented under Louis XIV. The 
ceiling, painted by NoelCoypel, represents Jupiter accompanied 
by Justice and Piety. 

The visitor will notice the portrait of the duchess of Bur- 
gundy by Santerre, between two busts of princesses of the 
time of Louis XVI, the busts of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoi- 
nette, etc. 

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On the 6 tk of October 1789, the Palace was invaded by bands 
armed with pikes who ascended the marble staircase, which 
reached as far as this room. The body-guard, which had orders 
not to use arms, fell back into the King's apartment. One of 
the Queen's Guards was left for dead, across the threshold of 
the door bel ween this room and the preceding one. Opposite 
the windows is the marble staircase, called also 


The visitor here gains a better idea of the old topography 
of the Palace. Built in '1682, this beautiful staircase was used 
in (lie daily round of the court. At the top, there is on the 
right the Queen's apartment, and on the left, through a 
loggia lighted from the marble-court, the King's apartment. 

The door of the Hall of the King's Guards is on the side of 
the bust of Louis XIV. Opposite is the door of the apartment 
of Mine de Maintenon, secretly married to Louis XIV in 1084, 
and then almost treated as queen. The staircase leading to 
the 2"' story was built in the time of Louis-Philippe, and 
conducts the visitor to the rooms of modern historic painting. 


These large rooms are four in number. The first is for 
contemporary documents of the time of the French Revolu- 

The visitor will notice among the busts, Mirabeau and 
Lafayette, by Houdon ; the Dauphin (Louis XVH), by Deseine ; 
among the portraits, that of Charlotte Corday, painted at the 
revolutionary tribunal and the Conciergerie by an unskilled 
but sincere painter, then an officer of the national Guard, 
and a portrait of Marie-Antoinette in her widow's weeds, as a 
prisoner in the Temple. To be remarked also is the Federa- 

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tion Flic by Hubert Robert; the famous composition of David : 
Marat assassinated ; some dramatic scenes representing the 
Day of the 10 lk of August, exhibited in the Salon 1895, and 
the Silling of the Convention where Boissy-d'Anglas saluted 
the head of the deputy Feraud. 

To be seen in the second room is Bonaparte at th 
bridge of Arcole, by Gros; an original cast by Corbet, 
which is perhaps the finest of the portraits of Napoleon, 
also the portraits of Mine Recamier and several other 
noted people, etc.; in the third the series of curious 
pictures painted by General Lejeune, from his faithful 
sketches in the Country; in the fourth, the portraits of the 
Bonaparte family and the two Empresses Josephine and Marie- 

In these small rooms forming a corridor one should stop 
before the pencilled portraits of the generals of the army in 
E:,"ypt and the fine collection of sketches by Baron Gerard, 
under the Consulate and Empire. 

Returning to the second room, the visitor should follow the 
passage with a few steps which will lead him to the south 


Opposite is a view of the garden of the Tuilerics on the day 
of the marriage of Napoleon to Marie-Louise. The same room 
includes several pictures of Gros, one of which a sketch filled 
with portraits (Josephine, the queen Hortense, David, etc). In 
the second Te assembled the dignities of the Empire. In 
the third group are souvenirs, portraits, painted scenes and 
drawings which relate to the time of the Restoration. The 
visitor should remark the addition of interesting series of 
sketches by Gerard. The Gallery is devoted to the reign of 
Louis-I'liilippe. The portraits of Royal family are by Winter- 

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h;illor ; that of the Duke of Orleans was painted by Ingres. 
Scenes and portraits de Granet, Heim, Isabey, Lami 
(Allen tat fie Ft cue hi), etc. 

The visitor should return to the Chimay Attic descend to 
the (irst story by the same staircase by which he ascended 
and that leads to the landing of the Queen's staircase. 

If he wishes to see the new rooms of the 18 lb century 
(p. ;'>5), or if he desires to leave the castle, he should descend 
the staircase. If he wishes to visit the Gallery of Battles he 
must turn to the left passing through the great old Guard 
room (145) and a room of portraits (144), and he will see lirst 


This has been entirely modernized. Under the old Monarchy 
the King used to perform here on Maundy-Thursday the 
ceremony of the Lord's Supper, washing the feet of twelve 
poor people. Several court parliaments were held here ; ihey 
W'-re the royal seances which called the Parliament of Paris to 
Versailles to receive King's orders. ' 

There are now three great pictures here : the Battle of 
Aboukir (1799), by Gros, the Oath of the Army after the distri- 
bution of the standards by Napoleon in 1804, by David, and 
lastly the Centenary Fele of the Stales-General, May 5 th 1889; 
M. Itoll has here represented the ovation given by the crowd 
to President Carnot, at Versailles, before the great fountains 
of Neptune, and has painted many well-known faces. 

The dying Napoleon,by Vela, was bought at the Exhibition of 
1sii7. The bronzes of the furniture are among the finest 
Existing specimens of the style of the First Empire. 

ROOM (144). 
The visitor passes through a little room, where the pictures 


recall the episodes of the Revolutionary Wars. There are two 
important canvasses of Eugene Lamy, Hondschoote and Wat- 
tiynies, September and October 1793. 

ROOM OF 1792 (146). 

This is the old hall of the Swiss-Hundred, now sacred to the 
memory of the campaign of Valmy and Jemmnpes, which 
saved France from invasion. The portraits arc those of mili- 
tary personages who took part in this campaign, and who 
afterwards become generals or marshals of the Empire, or 
sovereigns, as Bernadotte and Louis-Philippe. They are for 
the most part renovations of portraits subsequent to the 

At the side are small rooms containing watercolours, which 
illustrate the campaigns of the Republic and the Empire. 


This staircase was used in connexion with the South Wing, 
occupied by the princes of the blood. On the landing is the 
entrance to the 


This immense gallery built in 1836, under Louis-Philippe, 
is 590 feet long (150 feet longer than the Glass-Gallery) and 
42 feet broad. It stands on the side of the apartments of the 
royal family, and countains a set, commencing at the left, of 
majestic compositions on the principal battles in French his- 
tory. The finest work is Saint Louis at ike Battle of Taillebourg, 

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by Delacroix. The three last pictures, lena, Friedland, and 
Wagram, are by Horace Vernet. Near the entrance is the popu- 
lar picture by Georges Bertrand, Patrie, a symbolic episode of 
the war of 1870. The Gallery is decorated with 16 bronze 
tablets on which are inscribed the names of princes, admirals, 
constables, marshals and generals who died fighting for their 
country, and also with 82 busts reproducing the features of 
some of these heroes. 

At the end of the Gallery is a room called the Hall of \ 830 
(149), where several paintings recall the Revolution of 1830, 
which made Louis-Philippe (Duke of Orleans, and future 
founder of the Museum of Versailles), King of the French. 

The visilor must now retrace his steps as far as the Princes' 

If he vishes to see first the ground-floor of the main body of the 
Palace, the new rooms of portraits and marshals, he must return 
as far as the Queen's Staircase, descend and turn to the left 
(p. 66). 

If he intends visiting the Galleries of the Empire, he des- 
cends the Princes' Staircase, and, passing the sculpture-gal- 
lery known as the Gallery of Tombs (81), turns twice to the 
left and enters the picture-galleries on the side of the park. 


In reality, the first of these thirteen halls illustrates cam- 
paigns of the Republic. 

The pictures commence with the year 1796, and represent 
the principal episodes of the campaigns of Italy, Egypt, Ma- 
rengo, Austerlitz, lena, Friedland, Spain and Wagram, and 
many historic deeds and ceremonies of the time. Most of the 

pictures, of great historic interest, were painted by the orde? 
of Napoleon I. 

There are everywhere explanatory labels, and chronological 
order is regularly followed, except in the pictures of general 
Lejeune, the installation of which is recent, and in theMarengo 
Hall, situated quite at the end of the wing. 

This part of the Museum serves as offices and promenades 
for the Deputies and Senators, when the Congress meets to 
elect a President of the Republic. 

The visitor can either return by the same way or by the 
sculpture-gallery, and then reaches the 


This vestibule gives access to the park, on the terrace of the 
Orangery. The open door opposite the exit is an entrance to 
the ground-floor of the main body of the Palace. 

The visitor crosses several passages filled with sculpture (40, 
39,38), passes the loot of the Queen's staircase and enters on 
the left the 


It is absolutely necessary to visit these costly galleries, 
otherwise one can have no idea oftheriches of art contained in the 
Museum. This important collection of later years is devoted 
to documents, portraits, pictures, etc., which relate to the his- 
tory of France during the xvm century. It is to be continued 
(&* W"*.ient period finding its place in the Northern Attic and 
the Haintenon apartment, and the modern period in the Chi- 
may ana southern Attics. All the decoration of the apartments 
was destroyed in the time of Louis Philip for fitting up the 
Ancient Museum. Two beautiful fire places have been placed 

in rooms n' 45 and 45. One of them is in carved bronze and 
both figured in the apartments of Marie Antoinette. Nearly 
all the pictures are worthy of attention. The most remar- 
kable in the first rooms being the portrait of Louis XV as a 
child hy Rigaud, the Regent by Santerre, the view of the 
Sainte-Chapelle and the Court of the Palace at Paris such as it 
was in 17 15, with an infinity of small personages, the Anoin- 
ting of Louis XV at Reims done during the time, the canvases 
of Belle representing the little Infant the first aflianced of 
Louis XV, and Marie Leczinska and the Dauphin by Nattier, 
and some admirable portraits by Rigaud, Largilliere, Socque, 
Van Loo, Roslin, Drouais and Duplessis. 

One portion of these "ooms less destroyed than the others, 
the first of which is a Library, formed the beautiful apartment 
of the Dauphin. 


These rooms were in the time of Louis XIV the apartment of 
Monseigneur (called the Grand Dauphin). They were occupied 
by the Regent, Philip of Orleans, who died in gallery n 49, 
after by the Dauphin, son of Louis XV, and it is from the filling 
out of the suite for this prince in 1747 that date nearly all the 
Beautiful decorative fragments still to be seen. In the Grand 
Cabinet, a magnificent room in the angle of six windows with 
a frieze panelling by Oudry, is gathered together the most 
precious collection in the world of pictures by Nattier, all por- 
traits of the ladies of France daughters of Louis XV. Here also 
are to be seen the original marbles of both Lemoyne and 

In the gilt room (the Dauphin' s bedroom) is preserved a 
carved mirror and fireplace by Caffieri representing Flora and 
Zephyr; the portrait of the Dauphine is by Natoire, that of 



Louis XV in Goblin tapestry is after L. M. Van Loo. The 
three pictures of Nattier should be remarked. 


This hall situated below the ' ' Galerie des Glaces " was used as 
a direct passage from the Marble Court to the gardens is 
lo be found the admirable Louis XVI by Houdon as well as two 
celebrated pieces of furniture : the bureau of Louis XVI and the 
jewel chest of Marie Antoinette. 


These were formerly the bathrooms in the time of Louis XV. 
The daughters of Louis XV occupied them later in the reign of 
Louis XVI and all the pictures relate to that time. 

There have been added recently several celebrated por- 
traits of Marie Antoinette (of which the large portrait with the 
children was painted by M m * Vigee-le-Brun in 1 787), those of 
Madame Adelaide and Madame Victoire by M"" Mabille-Quiard, 
that of Louis XV par Gallet, the Gardens of Versailles by Hubert- 
Robert, etc. 

One passes from the Lower Gallery into a vestibule with columns 
placed in the centre of the Chateau, under the room of Louis XIV 
and from there to the right and left one enters the gallery of the 
new acquisitions; continuing to the left one reaches the Chapel. 


The works of art recently bought or accepted as gifts by 
the Museum are here exhibited before b>~ <g placed in the histo- 

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ric series to which they belong. This exhibitien which changes 
from time to time is always interesting. 


This gallery contains an interesting collection of ancient 
views of royal castles. In it one sees the shrubberies of Ver- 
sailles, many of which no longer exist, also views of the Castle 
as it was in the time of Louis XIV and in the beginning of the 
reign of Louis XV. On the right one will notice the view of 
Versailles taken from the level of the water before the 
const ruction of the Galerie des Glaces, and on the left close to 
the entrance a curious general view of the side of the court- 

There is a passage leading to the Queen's staircase at the 
foot of which one can leave Ike castle. 


Beyond the Museum there are still two halls to be visited in the 
Palace. The first is reached by the rue des Reservoirs, oy the door 
over which is written the word Senat ; it is the old court Opera 
built by Gabriel in the reign of Louis XV and inaugurated for the 
marriage fetes of Marie-Anioinette and the Dauphin in 1770. It was 
here that the celebrated banquet of the body guards took place on 
October 1" 1789, which excited great indignation in Paris and was 
the cause of the terrible " days of October ". 

The hall is still very line; the sculptures are by Pajou. Unfortu- 
nati'ly I.ouis-Philippe changed the tone of all the paintings, and later on 
the installation of the ISational Assembly in 1871 on their return 
from Bordeaux entirely altered the character of the hall. 

According to the Constitution of 1875 which instituted two Houses 
of Parliament, this building was destined for the sittings of the 
Senate which has not met here since 1878, the date of the return of 
the Houses to Paris. 

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The entrance of the Home of Deputies is on the other side of the 
Palace from the Princes' Court. 

The care-takers can be distinguished by their red waistcoats. It 
was built in 1875 in the centre of a large court-yard and can seat 
825 persons. It is used for the meetings of the National Assembly 
dr Congress (Members of the House of Deputies and Senators united) 
~*pd has witnessed the election of the last French Presidents. 


This building is open to the public like the Museum, of which it 
is a dependence. It is reached by the rue Gambetta, the rue du 
Vieui-Versailles and the rue du Jeu-de-Paume. 

The hall of the " Jeu-de-Paume ", where the Revolution of June 
iO tk 1789 began be the celebrated oath of the Deputies of the Tiers- 
Etat, was entirely restored in 1880. The statue of Bailly, reading the 
terms ot the Oath, is to by remarked, also twenty busts of the 
most eminent members of the Constituent Assembly and a picture 
not historically accurate representing the scene of the Oath accord- 
ing to the sketch which is in the Louvre. Glass cabinets containing 
prints, autographs and souvenirs form a little Museum especially 
devoted to the history of the Revolution concerning Versailles. 


Going to the Jeu-de-Paume by the rue Gambetta one passes first a 
large building dating from Louis XIV, now the Military Hospital and 
which was formerly the Servants' Hall, that is to say the whole of 
the Dependents of the Oast le and the Royal kitchen, then before the 
school of the Artillery and the Engineers, former residence of the 
Minister for War, at last before the Town-Library. 

This Library, one of the tinest in France, occupies the former resi- 
dence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs. 

The gallery of the ground-floor, all the frieze panels of which 
were painted by Van Blarenberghe, is just the same now as it was 
at the time of the Ministry of the Due du Choiseul. The Treaty of 
Versailles was signed ia the Gallery in which one finds the portrait 
of this Minister. 


The collections contain a portion of the private libraries cf 
Louis XIV, Louis XV and Louis XVI, the daughters of Louis XV, 
Mario-Antoinette at Trianon, Madam Elizabeth at Montreuil; the books 
of Madarn du Barry and the Royal Residence of Saint-Cyr, etc. A por- 
tion of the rich bindings is on view. 

On the second storey is a small Municipal Museum showing more 
particularly an interesting collection of mouldings the work of Jean 
Houdon, born at Versailles. 


Electric trams enable one to make a rapid tour of the Town. 

The one starting from the bottom of the rue Gambetta at the 
Orangery gate serves the two stations. It passes first the Caihedral 
Church of Saint-Louis, where the order of the Clergy solemnly 
declared its union with the Third State which took place there, 
June 22' 1789, after the Oath of the Game of Tennis. Statue of the 
Abbe de I'Epee, born at Versailles. The tram also passes the new 
Hotel de Ville and the residence of the Prefect which was the Resi- 
dence of Thiers and Mac-M;ihon as Presidents of the Republic. The 
same line leads to Duplessis Square where there is a monument to 
Houdon by Messrs Tony Noel and Favier. 

There is also to be seen the place Hoche ornamented by a rather 
poor monument of the General peace-mediator of Vendee, born at 
Versailles; and the Church of Notre-Dame, fora long time the only 
parish Church of the Town. It was built under Louis XIV by Man- 
sart, whose monument is in the first Chapel on the left, and also 
the one to Quintinie, gardener to Louis XIV. In the same Chapel is 
a monument raised to the memory of the Comte de Vergennes, 
Minister of Louis XVI, and another containing the heart of Hocha. 
The sculptured pulpit in the Church dates from Louis XIV. 

Close to the Church of Saint-Louis, in the rue du Potager is the 
former royal kitchen-garden founded by la Quintinie and now the 
National School of Horticulture. The entrance is public. 

Amongst the former hotels one remarks in many streets, one 
deserving of special mention is that of Madam de Pompadour, ru 
des Reservoirs, now become the middle part of the well known H6tel 
des Reservoirs. 

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Fountain Gardens. 

Room of Diana. 

Room of Daybreak. 

Latona Steps. 

Latona Garden. 

Latona Basin. 

Lizard Basins. 

Point of view. 

Crescent in front of the 

Royal Walk, or Lawn. 

Crescent at end ot the 

Apollo Basin. 

Walk leading to the Canal. 



Menagerie Railing. 

Railing of Little-Venice. 

Passage from the Chapel- 

Site of the Siren-Basin. 

North Garden. 

Crown Basins. 

The Pyramid. 

The Cascade. 

Water-way, or walk of 

Dragon Basin. 

Grove of the Arc -de - 

Grove of the Three Foun- 

Neptune Basin. 

Dragon Railing. 

Statue of Fame. 

Neptune Railing. 

South Garden. 

The Orangery. 

The Hundred Steps. 

Railing of the first Hun- 
dred Steps. 

Railing of the second 
Hundred Steps. 

Barrier and Railing of 
the Orangery. 

Swiss Reservoir. 

Old Mall. 

41. Water Theatre. 

42. Children's Basin. 

43. Railing of Ceres. 
U. The Star. 

45. Reservoirs of Jarabettes. 

46. Railing of Jambettes. 

47. Sheaf Basin, Obelisk or 

corn-stalk basin. 

48. Railing of Apollo. 

49. Railing of the Little 


50. Railing of Flora. 

51. Basin of Flora. 

52. Basin of Ceres. 

53. Baths of Apollo. 

54. North Quincunx. 

55. The Domes. 

56. The Encelade. 

57. The Pebbles or Bail-Room. 

58. South Quincunx. 

59. The Colonnade. 

60. Chestnut Hall. 

61. Railing of Saturn. 

62. Basin of Saturn. 

63. liasin of Bacchus. 

64. Royal Gate of the Oran- 


65. Grove of the Queen. 

66. The Mirror. 

67. King's Garden. 

68. Wall-opening in the King's 


69. Railing of the Maids of 


70. Railing of the Pheasantry. 

71. Railing of the play- 


72. Play-ground. 

73. Railing of the mall. 

74. The Stand. 

75. The Conservatory. 

76. Reservoirs. 

77. Roulette Pavilion. 

78. Post of the Park-watch- 


79. Railing of the Trianon. 

80. Little Orangery. 

81. Railing of the Little Oran- 






On entering the Park, the visitor walks in front of the 
Palace and arrives at the Fountain Garden. 

Standing in the centre, at the edge of the staircase, he 
has before him the general view of the Gardens. At the foot 
of the stairs, the Latona Basin, then the grand garden of 
Latona, at the end of which opens a long perspective formed 
by the Lawn, the Apollo Basin, and the Grand Canal. 

On either side of the Fountain Garden are : to the left, 
the South Garden, the Orangery, and, outside the railings, 
the Swiss basin; to the right, the North Garden, the water- 


way or Mai mosel-walk, the Dragon Basin, and Basin of Ncp 
tune. Fourteen groves, six on the left, eight on the right, 
complete the Gardens of Versailles. 


The word ParA, in general use, is ineiact. In Lcuis XIV's time 
a much more extensive piece of land, enclosed by walls, and 
comprising more than 4344 acres was called Park or Little Park. 
The large Park which was used for the Royal Hunt comprised 
16 344 acres and was 27 miles in circuit. 

The Garden* of Versailles were designed under Louis XIII 
by Jacques Boyceau, to complete the work of the architect 
Lemercier, Under Louis XIV, the celebrated Lenotre enlarged 

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and perfected tnis design, and the Italian engineer Franciiw 
constructed the celebrated fountains, still in use. 
The appearance of the gardens is very much as it was in 

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Lendtre's time, save for some alterations made in tlia 
eighteenth century. 


From the Fountain-Gardens, the visitor obtains the mo* 

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tiajestir, view of the Palace, with its projeeJnig ..<> ntre piece 
and its two great wings. 

The length of the facade is 1550 feet; the extreme length, 
comprising the lafMes on the side of the principal building, 
is 2145 feet. From no one point can a complete view be 

There is throughout ground-floor, first floor and attic. 
The 96 ornamental statues are 7 feet 7 inches in height. 
The vases and trophies decorating the balustrade had fallen 
into ruins and were restored under the first Empire. It is 
proposed to replace them by others which shall more suitably 
break the monotony of a long line. 


The ornamentation of the Fountain Garden presents the 
finest collection of bronzes in the world. The two basins are 
lined with a white marble rim bearing sixteen magnifi- 
cent statues of French rivers and streams, of nymphs, and 
groups of children. 

These bronzes, modelled by the greatest sculptors of the 
tune of Louis XIV, were cast at Paris by the brothers Keller. 
Two of the finest figures are those which face the Hall of 
AVar, the Garonne and the Dordogne by Coysevox. 

The two lateral fountains are adorned with bronzes by the 
sjme founders representing realistic animal battles. 

That on the right (turning one's back to the Palace), is the 

Room of Diana, so called from the statue of the huntress 

Diana, by Desjardins, which stands at the side. The animals 

are by Houzeau. On of the most beautiful statues in the 

Park is on the left of the fountain: it is Air, by Lehongre, a 

female figure resting on clouds and wrapped in drapery, 

which she holds aloft over her head. 

At the left is the Cabinet of Day-break, with animals *y 

9an Cleve. The neighbouring statue, wnich gives it it 

has a star on its head and a cock at its feet. It is the woi 

of G. Marsy. 

The two large marble vases placed at the corners of the 
terrace, at the base of the Palace, are works of art no less 
remarkable; that on the left (looking towards the Palace) is 
by Coysevox (bas-reliefs on the pre-eminence ot France re- 
cognized by Spain, and the defeat of the Turks in Hungary); 
that on the right is by Tuby (Louis XIV triumphant by the 
peace of Aix-la-Chapelle, and that of Nimegen, 1679). 


This garden is bordered with marble slabs supporting 
bronze vases. The visitor will notice on the central steps 
two exquisite groups, each representing a marble Sphinx with 
a little bronze Cupid. On the steps to the right is a recumbent 
figure of Ariadne, after the ancient Statue in the Vatican 

The box-edgings farm complicated designs which give a 
good idea ol the plan of old French gardens. 

The Terrace is situated over the great galleries of the 
Orangery (erected by Mansart in 1686), which served as a 
prison for the Communists in 1871. 

The Swiss basin was excavated between 1679 and 1683 b> 
the regiment of Swiss Guards. It is about 2258 feet long, and 
700 broad. The woods in the background are on the slopes 
of Satory. 

After having inspected the Orangery from above, ar d tn > 
great stairs called the Cent-Marches (Hundred steps), the visitor 
returns to the large steps in front of the Palace and descends 
to the Latona Garden. 


The great garden of Latona comprises the two Lizard 
basins and that of Latona. The leaden sculpture of these 
basins has been regilt: nearly all the figures of the p' J 
fountains were Ihns finished in Louis XIV's time. 

The marble group in the basin of Latona represents the 
goddess with lier two children, Apollo and Diana. She is 
imploring Jupiter to punish the Lycians, who insulted her 
when she asked them for a drink, and he changes them into 
frogs, lizards and tortoises. This metamorphosis is repre- 
sented in groups of gilded lead. 

On each side of the gardens is a slope ornamented with 
shaped yews and statues. At the foot of these are two beau- 
tiful recumbent figures : on the right, the Shell Nymph, by 
Coysevox (a copy) ; on the left, the Dying Gladiator, a copy 
from the antique in the Capitol museum, Rome. 

In the crescent in front of the Lawn (10) before the garden 01 
Latona, are four groups after the antique : on the right Castor and 
Pollux, Arria and Foetus ; on the left, Papirius and his mother 
Laocoon and his sons. 

In the centre of the crescent is found what is called the 
Pot nl e/ View (9). It was to this poin . Louis XIV used to 
conu uct the greai personages who visited Versailles in order 
Jo gi ve them the best view of the gardens. 

The visitor has now before him the 


This beautiful walk, the most frequented in the Park, is 
1079 fet long, and 208 feet broad. It is decorated with 
twelve s tatij, *nd the tame number ol white marble vases. 

fuming his back on the Palace and walking towards the Apollo 
basin, the visitor has on his left : Fidelity, the Venus ot Richelieu 
(by Legros, after an antique at the Chateau of Richelieu), Fawn and 
Kid, Dido on her funeral-pyre, Amazon after the antique, Achilles 
at Scyros. 

The statues on the right are : Deceit, , Juno (an antique statue), 
Hercules and Telephus, the Venus of Medici, Gyparis, Artemisa. 

Those who only wish to see the principal curiosities ol the 
Park traverse the Lawn as far as the Colonnade. 

The groves on the left are : the Rockeries, the Queen's Glade, and 
the King's Garden. The first is reached by the little walk behind 
the statue of the Dying Gladiator. 


This glade was used as a ball-room in the garden fetes given by 
Louis XIV. The cascades produce a curious effect when the great 
fountains are playing. 

On the other side of the large walk by which the visitor leaves 
the Rockeries is 


It was designed in Louis XVI's time in place of the old maze of 
Louis XIV. 

In the large walk at the end of the glade, which starts at one of 
the doors of the Orangery, is found the Basin of Bacchus (63), and 
further on the Basin of Saturn (62). 

On the left is 


The large fountain in front of this garden enclosed by railings is 
called the Mirror. The garden itself, laid out in English fashion, 
was not made and planted till 1817, under Louis XVIII. It is remark- 
able for its trees and wealth of flowers. There is only one en- 
trance, and on leaving the visitor returns to the Basin of Saturn, 
whence IM can regain the Lawn or the Colonnade. 

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Following the Royal Walk, the fifth path on the left leads to 
the Colonnade. In the centre of this Colonnade, designed by 
Mansart, is a group representing the Capture of Proserpine 
by Pluto, King o/ the Nether World; the same scene is depicted 
in bas-relief on the pedestal. This masterpiece is the work 
of Girardon. 


Nearly opposite the path leading to the Colonnade is one to 
the Grove of Domes. This has been recently restored. It is 
decorated with line statues and trophies of arms sculptured 
in bas-relief by Girardon, Guerin and Mazeline. The name is 
derived from two pavilions surmounted with gilded domes 
that wore formerly here. 

The group in lead in this basin was made by Tuby, after 
designs by Lebrun, so as to stand out amid the sparkling 
spray of the fountains. 

It represents the Car of Apollo, the Sun-God, who, as Greek 
mythology relates, rose from Ocean every morning to illumine 
the earth, and every evening plunged in its waves. It is well 
known that Louis XIV had the Sun for his emblem, and that 
poets and courtiers compared their master to Apollo. 

Now-a-days the Car of Apollo is popularly styled * the Car 
stuck in the mud ". 

At the right of the Canal-head is a boat-house, where boats are 
let out on hire (18). The large walk (Sailors' Avenue) opposite the 
landing-stage, brings us in five minutes to the Trianon railing (7ft). 

Tlie Trianon is also reached from the Basin of Apollo, bj the 
ipollo Walk, and railing of the Petit-Pont (49). 



Returning towards the Palace, the second path on the left 
of the Royal Walk leads to the Encelade Basin. 

Titan in revolt against Jupiter is represented just as the 
thunderbolt strikes him, his giant limbs crushed beneath 
masses of rock. A grand jet of water is emitted from the 
colossal figure's mouth. The sculpture, in lead, is the work 
of B. Marsy. 


The grove of this name is reached by the same walk as 
the Encelade, after crossing the large path known as the 
Flora Walk. In the centre of a large basin is a clump of reeds 
whence issue jets of water forming a pyramid or obelisk. It 
is also called the B Sheaf ". 

The visitor regains the Flora Walk and Basin (51), whore is 
one entrance to the Star-Grove, sometimes called the Maze, 
which is of little interest. Retracing his steps j!nng the walk 
opposite the figure of Flora as far as the Ceres Basin (52), 
he enters, on the right, the Grove of Apollo. 

On the left is situated the Basin of Children (42), decorated 
with a charming group in lead of little swimmers. 


This English grove, the only one in the Park of Versailles, 
was only begin in Louis XVI's time, 1778, after designs by 
Hubert Robert, when the new taste which then inspired the 
Trianon began to realise that the severe style of Lenotre's 
gardens was old-fashioned. 

An artificial rock forms the entrance to the Palace of Tetf iys, 


goddess of the sea, where Apollo is supposed to com* every 
evening to rest after illumining the earth. 

A fine group in white marble represents six nymphs 
of Tethys in attendance on the god, presenting him per- 
fumes. His horses are at rest at the foot of the rock. Save 
for three figures by Regnaudin, the group is the work of 
Girardon; it was made about 1672, to represent the Sun-King 
by a flattering allegory. 


The exit is on the left at the top of the grove, by a crossway 
where there are some beautiful marble hot-baths ; the visitor 
then takes the turning on the right at the edge of the North 

In the centre of this walk is the Pyramid Fountain (23) 

(commonly known as " the Boiling Pot"), the leaden sculpture 
of which, crabs, dolphins and tritons, is by Girardon. 

If the visitor cares to ascend the stairs to the Terrace in front 
of the Palace, he will notice two bronze statues, after the antique, 
both seated figures, one representing Venus (bearing the signature 
of Coysevox), and the other " the Grinder ", from the Museum of 


The visitor follows the path below the Pyramid called the 
Water-way. The fine central bas-relief in bronzed lead, in the 
square fiasin where the water falls in a cascade, is by Girardon, 
and represents the Nymphs of the Bath. 


The walk is ornamented with fourteen little fountains of 
white marble, each a group of three children in bronze sup- 
porting a vase of Languedoc marble. These groups are po- 
pularly known as the " Marmosets ". There are only seven in 
the walk, these being imperceptibly repeated on either side. 


Around the Dragon Basin eight other groups of children in 
bronze form companions to the "Marmosets". The leaden 
sculpture in this basin is quite modern, and unfortunately 
very different from the other work in the Park. It was 
modelled after prints. 

On the right is the entrance to the Grove of the Triumphal 
Arch (27), of modern arrangement; there is nothing worth 
seeing but a group in lead representing " France triumphant 
between Spain and the Empire ", by Tuby and Coysevox. 


The fountains of this magnificent basin and the ornamental 
lead-work wore restored in 1889. 


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Tlie three groups mi the IrvH <>i (lit- ;iter i--uieseiit, the 
central, Neptune, God of the Sea, and his wife Amphitrit^, 
that on the right, Ocean, that on the left, Proteus, another 
sea-god. These works were finished under Louis XV, b) 
Adam, Lemoine and Bouchardon. 

A great crowd gathers here on the days when the great 
fountains play to watch the grand effects. It is the mo>i 
interesting point of the large fountains, and that where the 
final display takes place. Every year some evening fetes are 
given here. 

The buildings seen above the Basin of Neptune and the 
other side of tl:e rue des Reservoirs are the Hotel des Reser- 
voirs, former residence of M m * de Pompadour, and the muni- 
cipal Theatre, built under Louis XVI. 

The visitor re-enters the town by the Dragon Gate, and is 
not far from the Railway (right bank). The opposite roul 
leads to the Trianon in ten minutes. 



A >isit to the two Trianons is necessary to anj 
foreigner who wishes to have a true idea of thr 
beauties of Versailles. In which case he will do well 
to reserve it for a second day, because he will not 
have too much time in giving the whole of the first 
to the Chateau, Museum and Park ; as as much as that 
is necessary to travel over them in order to see 
them in do! ail. 


Although " LesTrianons " can only be considered as belonging 
to Versailles, they are sufficiently interesting of themselves to be 
worth visiting more leisurely than is sometimes possible. As 
one is obliged to traverse the interiors very rapidly on account 
of the great number of visitors and the small number of guides, 
there are the two parks which we recommend to be seen at 

That of ' Grand Triancn " is not so celebrated as " Little 
Trianon ". It affords nevertheless some most interesting 
points, a large parterre a la francaise, quiet and magnificent 
alleys and in the south part a terrace from which is an admi- 
rable view of the Grand Canal of Versailles, one of the arms of 
which ends there. 

The national estate of Trianon is a quarter of an hour't 
distance from Versailles, or a few minutes drive. Those who 
only desire to see one of the.two Trianons should decide on the 
Smaller nhich is more interesting on account of the souvenirs 
of Marie-Antoinette (see page 114). In this case it is necessary 
to inform the coachman, or, if on foot, after passing the railing 
of the estate turn to the right immediately behind the porter's 
lodge, and then take the broad walk on the left. 



The adjective which qualifies Grand Trianon was not 
employed until the time when Louis XV at the end of his reign 
founded the Little Trianon. Up till then the simple name of 
Trianon which often appears in the memoirs and historical 
works was applied to the estate and the palaces built by 
Louis XIV close to Versailles and destined like " Marly le Roi '' 
RR places of rest for the King in his continual public life. 

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Versailles were finished, in order to increase his Park 
Louis XIV bought the bmlet bearing the name of Trianon and 
with it all the land with which it was surrounded. He did 
nol long delay in building a little pleasure house which was 
built in 1670 and surrounded by beautiful gardens full of 
rare flowers. As the house was so remarkable for its deco- 
ration in plaques, vases and ornaments in China, it was called 
the Porcelain Trianon. It lasted seventeen years and was the 
admiration of the age. 

The Court and the Government having been installed at Ver- 
sailles in the year 1682, it was natural that Trianon should 
participate in the enlargements then done. Mansard demo- 
lished the Porcelain Trianon and built between 1087 and 1691 
a real palace of one storey with a flat Italian roof which is the 
same we see to-day. The amount of marble was prodigious and 
there were numberless workmen employed in Versailles at 
both the interior and exterior decoration. During all the latter 
part of his reign Louis XIV made numerous stays there in the 
\partment of the left wing of the palace. Madam de Maintenon 
and the amiable Duchess of Bourgogne were both fond of 
Trianon. The Czar Peter the Great stayed there during his 
journey in France from June 3 r * to June 6' k 1717. Louis XV 
gave Trianon to Queen Marie Leczinska. He stayed there 
himself pretty frequently during the second half of his reign 
jnd established amongst other things a botanical garden which 
A'as useful to science and became celebrated for the expe- 
riments of Bernard de Jussieu. 

In 1794 Trianon escaped the sale with which it was 
.hreatened as National property and the furniture only was 

Napoleon I who thought of restoring the property, hadTrianon 
refurnished and often stayed there, principally after his divorce 
from Josephine (from December 16 lb to December 26 U 1809). 
Louif Philippe made (real changes in the arrangement of th 


apartments, and resided there several summers, after 1836, 
with his family and the Court. 

The historic furniture and the greater number of the 
works of art in both the Trianons are controlled by the admi- 
nistration of the National Furniture. The pictures and 
sculpture Jorm a little museum annexed to the Museum of 


The visitor can only enter the Villa of the Trianon when 
accompanied by a keeper of the National Palaces (a different 
administration to that of Versailles), who gives the necessary 
explanations. The following will complete these from an 
artistic point of view. 


This room, for The decoration of which Louis XIV spent 
10500 livres in purchasing Venetian mirrors, possesses a 
splendid fireplace of red marble relieved with bronze, in 
Louis XVI style. 


The first of these two rooms was formerly the room of 
Louis XIV. Among the mythological pictures of the second, 
notice one by Natoire, " Allegory on the birth of a princess 
(time of Louis XV) whom Hymen brings to France ". The 
furniture of all the rooms dates from bout the time of Louis- 


The altar was placed in the recess opposite the central 
window. In the time of Louis-Philippe, the Chapel was 
moved to that part of the Villa called Trianon-in-the-wood. 
Two portraits by J.-B. Vanloo represent Louis XV and Mari 
Leczinska in their youth. 

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In Louis XlV's time this room gave access to the Kiner's 
apartments. Over the fireplace is a picture 01 the Milliard 
school representing a trophy of arms of the " Grand Roi ", 
with his motto, Nee pluribut impar. 


The peristyle, decorated with pilasters and marble columns, 
wfs formerly open and gave direct access to the gardens. 
Napoleon I had it closed by glass windows. It was here-thai 
Marshal Buzaine was tried by Court Martial. 

Among the statues notice the Boy extracting a thorn and 
the Cockel Player, marbles after the antique, an equestrian 
statue oJ Louis XIV, in bronze, and the group in Vela marble, 
France and Italy, presented to the Empress Eugenie by the 
ladies of Milan, after the war of 1859. 


This finely decorated room served as the Chapel under 
Louis XVI. The armchairs and stools are in Beauvais tapestry 
(a series of La Fontaine's fables). It is decorated with pictu- 
res by Monnoyer, Desportes and Blain ef Fontenay (vases of 
flowers and American fruits), and with a Fawn, a bronze alter 
the antique. 


This was the music room in Louis XIV's time. Napoleon I 
had it converted into a billiard-room. 

In the wainscolting notice a bust-portrait of Louis XV by 
Vanloo, and Marie Leczinska, by Nattier. 


This has been decorated with mythological pictures by Scb. 
Leclerc, Bon Boulogne, Antoine and Noel Coypel, Verdier, L- 
'osse, etc. 


Over the fireplace is a bas-relief, an old cameo in oriental 
alabaster, the subject being sacrifice to the god Pan. 
Notice the beautiful vases of Japanese porcelain. 

HALL (10). 

There are four beautiful pieces of flower painting by Kon- 
noyer, a picture by Lafosse, Apollo and Thetis, and some line 
old furniture : consoles of carved wood, a Louis XIV table 
(unfortunately regilded), a cabinet of carved and gilded wood, 
touched up with white, Louis XIV style, etc. 


The name comes from the malachite objects presented by 
Czar Alexander I to the emperor Napoleon I, after the peace 
of Tilsit; these are the cup in the centre of the hall, the 
two chandeliers, the two cupboards and the console. The 
other articles were acquired by King Charles X. 

The armchairs and stools are of Deauvais tapestry. 

The portrait of Henry IV by Ilersent is a modern work. The 
four other full-length portraits are interesting. They are : 
Louis XIV, one of the Rigaud school, Louis XV, by Vanloo, Louis 
of France, Dauphin, by IS'atoire, and Louis XVI, by Duplessis. 


This gallery communicates with the central portion of 
the Villa and the wing called Trianon-in-the-wood. Under 
Louis-Philippe it became the great dining-hall, decorated with 
pictures of divers kinds, mostly mediocres, statuettes, vases 
ot Sevres porcelain, etc. There are also reduced models of 
Trajan's Column and one of the temples of Poastum. The 
pink-marble bowls were used to cool wine in iced water. 

The following hall and the Chapel, built under Louis- 
Philippe, are of little interest, as is the Trianon-in-the-wood 
(15) where the princes of the blood in the time of Louis XIV, 

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nd Louis XV lived during the King's stay. These apartments 
entirely dismantled of their lurniture, are not open to the 


This room, which in Louis XIV's time overlooked a lift It- 
wood traversed by streatns, called the Garden of Springs, wa c 
converted into a library by Napoleon I. 

It is ornamented with four great pictures by Boucher, re- 
presenting : Neptune and Armjmone, Venus and Vulcan, the 
Fortune-teller and Fishing. Notice too the View of the ancient 
aqueducts of the Palace of Nero, Rome, by Hubert Robert, 
and a clock of gilded bronze in the form of a basket of 
flowers, with a circular enamelled dial, in which the hours 
are shown in the centre of the corolla of a flower. 


These apartments were inhabited by M m * de Maintenon, by 
Louis XV, by Stanislas Leczinski, King of Poland, by M" de 
Pompadour, and finally by Napoleon I, who gave them their 
present appearance and furniture. 

They are in the following order, the Emperor's work-room, 
with fine Empire furniture, the bath-room, the bed-chamber 
jnd yellow room, decorated with four pictures by Restout 
(the Seasons) and two by Oudry (Harvest and Vintage). 


These apartments occupy the right wing of the Villa. They 
were, al'ler 1704, the apartments of Louis XIV, then those ot 
Louis XV; lastly Louis-Philippe had them restored and fur- 
nished (184G) for the reception of the Queen of England, who 
never carne. The furniture has been preserved. 

The connoisseur will notice in room 25 two vases of Sevres 



porcelain, with hronre stonp bases, a tase of Japanese porce- 
lain, called celadon, on a pale green ground, and furniture 
covered in Beauvais tapestry: in the bed-chamber (24), two 
chests and a console inlaid with ebony and copper, of the 
Boulle kind, and a series of old pictures of flowers and mytho- 
logical subjects. 


This little museum is situated on the walk connecting the 
Great and Small Trianon. It contains state-coaches dating 
from the First Empire and the Restoration, and sedan-chairs 
and sledges of the 18 tk century. 

The bridles and harness of the horses of the Crown Stables 
are in glass cases. 

The visitor will notice a Coronation Car, built in 1825 for 
the coronation-ceremony of Charles X, and restored in 1854, 
the ornaments being changed, for the baptism of the son of 
Napoleon III. The weight is 15452 Ibs. 

The Baptismal Car, built in 1821 for the baptism of the 
Duke of Bordeaux, was used at the marriage of Napoleon UI 
and at his son's baptism. 

The other carriages date from the time of the First Empire. 
The Topaz figured in the cortege of Napoleon I's Coronation, 
1804. The Opal bore the Empress Josephine to the Chateau 
of Malmaison, after her divorce. 

The only modern vehicle is that which was placed at the 
disposition of the Emperor Nicholas II, in Paris and Versailles, 
October 1896. 

Some very elegant sedan-Chan's, of the time of Louis XV 
a nd Louis XVI, complete the exhibition. None of them however 
have an authentic history. Neither have the sledges, whose 
forms and paintings are so curious; they were used for the 
winter pastimes of the court, held in the Versailles Gardens 
and on the Grand CauaJ. 


A grand remembrance of Louis XIV reigns in the Chateau 
of Versailles where he conceived and executed marvels. At 
the Grand Trianon, transformed by so many regimes, the one 
that survives the most is that of Mapoleun; at the Petit Trianon 
there is only one face of which one thinks, that of Marie-Antoi- 
nette. The history of the i^fatpd Queen, ^s history so 
attractive, and so often disfigured by calamnj ir.;l \cgmA, i 
here so very realistic. It is this that explains the particular 
nttraction of visitors for this part of the National 





The little villa of Trianon was built by the architect Gabriel 
towards the close of the reign of Louis XV. This king, being 
desirous of having in the neighbourhood of Versailles a homely 
and agreeable resort, decided on the spot where he had placed 
his green-houses and aviaries. lie supped here for the first 
time in 1708, Here he felt the first symptoms of his last 
illness, April 27 tk 1774; he was immediately removed to Ver- 
sailles, and died thirteen days after. 

Louis XVI gave the Little Trianon to Queen Marie-Antoinette, 
who eagerly took possession and had a delightful English 
garden made, then called Anglo-Chinese. She often stayed 
there several weeks with a few friends, and later with her 
children. She led a country life there, in the simplicity she 
so loved, away from the pomp and trying etiquette of the 

These retreats of the Queen to Trianon occasioned many 
calumnies against her, from those courtiers she refused to 
admit. Later, when she had her modest hamlet erected, 
1783, people accused her of ruining France with her caprices. 
Thus the Trianon became fatal to the unfortunate Queen after 
having given her some of her happiest hours. 

On October 5 th 1789, Marie-Antoinette was at Trianon when 
the news of the arrival of the Parisian mob made her leave in 
haste the dear place she would never see again. 

During the First Empire, Princess Pauline Borghese, favorite 
sister of Napoleon I, lived in the Little Trianon for some time; 
under Louis-Philippe, the Duke nd Duchess of Orleans ioh*- 



Two marvels of French art adorn this staircase : the railing 
of wrought and gilded iron with the initials M. A. interlaced, 
and the round lantern of chased and gilded bronze, whose 
bunch of twelve lights is supported by little seated safyrs. 



The furniture of this and the following rooms is of the time 
of Louis XVI. There are busts of Louis XVI, by Pajou, and the 
Emperor Joseph II, brother of Marie-Antoinette, by Boizot. 
The pictures are by Natoire. 

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Two marvels of French art adorn this staircase : the railing 
of wrought and gilded iron with the initials M. A.. interlaced, 
and the round lantern of chased and gilded bronze, whose 
bunch of twelve lights is supported by little seated satyrs. 



The furniture of this and the following rooms is of the time 
of Louis XVI. There are busts of Louis XVI, by Pajou, and the 
Emperor Joseph II, brother of Marie-Antoinette, by Boizot. 
The pictures are by Natoire. 

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The decoration of the wainscoting, previous to 
Aritoinette's time, is taken from the fruits and flowers native 
to Trianon. 

The chased applique-work is a true work Oi art. The stucco 
table with a geographical chart was designed by Louis XVI for 
the instruction of the Dauphin. 

The lintel is by Pater, master of Watteau. Notice portraits 01 
Louis XVI by Callet, and Marie-Antoinette by M"* Vigee-Lebrun. 
The two other pictures were sent by Maria-There'sa to her 
daughter Marie-Antoinette to recall the scenes of her childhood. 
That near the window represents the archduchesses, her 
sisters, playing a Gluck opera at a family performance at 
Schqenbrunn, on the occasion of the marriage of Joseph II. 
The other portrays Marie-Antoinette herself dancing with two 
of her brothers at the same marriage fetes (1765). 


This was the Queen's billiard-room. 

Some line furniture is shown here. In the centre is an oval 
table with four mahogany legs, decorated with paintings, 
bronzes and medallions in biscuit-marble. There is a chan- 
delier with eight lights of the time of Louis XVI. 

The jewel-cabinet of Marie-Antoinette is the most sumptuous 
article made for her. It is of massive mahogany, ornamented 
with cariatides representing the Four Seasons, rich chased 
fittings, biscuit medallions, and fine painlings on ivory signed 
byDe Gault, 1787. 

The lintel is by Natoire and Lepieie. 


The visitor will notice the wainscoting, on which branches 
of lily are carved, the applique-work representing stag-horns 


united by knots of ribbon, the fine furniture covered for the 
most part with Tours work, the chairs bearing the Queen's 
monogram. The piano does not belong to the room. 

The lintels are by Pater. 

Here the Queen entertained her intimate friends, described 
in detail, as well as the apartments, by M. Nolhac in his book 
en the Reign of Marie-Antoinette (the Chapter on the 


Some fine wainscoting is composed of the French arras 
and the monogram of Marie-Antoinette. 

The Sevres bust, copied from Pajou, represents the Queen 
at the age ol eighteen, at the commencement of her reign. 


The bed, Louis XVI style, is covered with a counterpane 
of Tours work, embroidered by hand, which belonged to Marie- 
Antoinette, as did the clock, the inlaid table vvilh the inter- 
laced initials ot Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, and the chest 
with chased bronzes by Goulhiere. 

The pastil is a copy of a precious portrait in oils of Louis XVII, 
painted by Kucharski in 1792. 


Leaving the little chateau, the visitor should follow ?hf 
railing on the left and take the turn opposite. He passes bele 
the Temple of Love, a charming erection with a cupula, built 
on an islet in one of the streams that water the garden. 

Continuing, he arrives at the Hamlet, a cluster of rustic 
houses, the principal of which are known by the names of 


the Mill (on the left), Billiard-house, the Queen's house, the 
Hen-house, called also without any reason the Presbytery, 
the Dairy and Marlborough Tower. 

Looking through the Dairy windows, the visitor can see 
\\ here the Queen without playing in any other way at country life 
used to prepare cream and butler with her own hands. She 
used to spend afternoons at the Hamlet with Madame Elisabeth 
and her friends, all dressed in linen costumes and straw hats, 
in the most friendly simplicity. Various ridiculous legends 
have originated about this hamlet, where neither the Queen 
nor the royal tamily ever lived or disguised themselves as 
comic-opera peasants. 

The visitor should walk round the little lake and enjoy the 
views of the Hamlet, noticing at the end the woody swellings 
on the roots of the Louisiana cypress. These exotic trees were 
some of those which ornamented the Trianon gardens, and 
which still form a sufficiently curious collection. 

Continuing the walk, visitors will be interested in the Oran- 
gery and flower-garden. 

Bearing to the left, he comes upon another lake, overtopped 
by the Belvedere, built by Mique, the Queen's architect. The 
artificial Rock is picturesquely designed. Behind the rock are 
various useful buildings. The principal is the theatre, able 
to hold 300 at a pinch, where Marie-Antoinette used to 
perform comedy with the Count of Artois and his private- 

The garden stretching towards the west of the Chateau is 
in French style. The pavilion, called the French Pavilion, 
which terminates it and has just been restored, was built 
under Louis XV, in 1750; ; t then was used by the King as a 
summer dining-room. 

Behind this pavilion is a modern bridge connecting the 
Trianon of Marie-Antoinette with that ol Louis XIV. 


These beautiful gardens, which are very extensive and 
generally deserted, are well worth a visit. The fountains 
play alternately with those of Versailles. 

The most beautiful effect is that of the Cascade, also called 
the Buffet, constructed by Mansart, and well restored. It 
must be viewed from behind the large fountains. The visitor 
will notice the gilded lead figures (Neptune and Amphitrite) at 
the end of a walk, on the right, after passing the corner of the 
Ti ianon-in-the-wood. 

Turning down the walk on the left of the Buffet, the visitor 
reaches a large basin called the Plafond, also newly restored. 
Then, returning towards the Palace, he should glance at the 
terrace overlooking the arm of the Grand Canal, where the 
Court Flotilla often brought visitors to the beautiful gardens. 
The view is very extensive. 

The only exit from the Great Trianon is a door on the right, 
reached by passing round the entire building. At the entrance, 
before the principal gate of the Palace, there are generally 
carriages waiting to take visitors to Versailles or the ststious. 


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