The Formal Garden

Lille Tapestry FactoryEarly eighteenth century

Royal Collection Trust, UK

Royal Collection Trust, UK
London, United Kingdom

This image of a formal garden provides a plethora of garden elements; balustrades and parterres, lined with an obelisk, statuary, a renaissance-style loggia and trelliswork arbours. The inclusion of the figure of Hercules slaying the winged dragon at the centre of the fountain might be a reference to the mythical garden of the Hesperides. In the myth Hercules was obliged to slay a dragon to gain access to a garden where golden apples grew.


  • Title: The Formal Garden
  • Creator: Lille Tapestry Factory
  • Date Created: Early eighteenth century
  • Rights: Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021
  • Medium: Tapestry

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