The Victoria and Albert Museum is hoping to acquire this splendid bird’s-eye-view of the château de Juvisy. It will play a pivotal role in its ‘Europe 1600-1800’ galleries, which are currently being redeveloped.
Accurate depictions of French country estates are rare, and this one is even more unusual in showing many aspects of life as lived in a château and its grounds in about 1700.
It is thought that the group in the foreground depicts Louis XIV with his entourage.
The V&A gallery in which it is proposed to hang this picture will focus on the rise of France in the period between 1660 and 1720.
The V&A is appealing for donations to help it raise the final £500,000 of the £1,300,000 purchase price.