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Life in a French country house

December 20, 2013
The Château de Juvisy, by Pierre-Denis Martin (1663-1742), oil on canvas, 165 x 265 cm, c.1700. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Château de Juvisy, by Pierre-Denis Martin (1663-1742), oil on canvas, 165 x 265 cm, c.1700. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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.

Detail of the château de Juvissy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Detail of the château de Juvissy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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.

Group of figures in the foreground of the view of the  château de Juvisy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Group of figures in the foreground of the view of the château de Juvisy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

It is thought that the group in the foreground depicts Louis XIV with his entourage.

Detail of the formal gardens in the view of the  château de Juvisy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Detail of the formal gardens in the view of the château de Juvisy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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.

Detail of the kitchen gardens in the view of the château de Juvisy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London1000

Detail of the kitchen gardens in the view of the château de Juvisy. ©Victoria and Albert Museum, London1000

The V&A is appealing for donations to help it raise the final £500,000 of the £1,300,000 purchase price.