Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon

Illustrated by Claude-Louis Châtelet; architectural plans by Richard Mique; French, 1781

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon View of the Temple (1781) by Claude-Louis ChâteletThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon

Between 1776 and 1783, the architect Richard Mique renovated the Petit Trianon and relandscaped its gardens for Marie Antoinette. This private retreat was depicted by Claude Louis Châtelet in souvenir albums intended for the queen's royal guests. Five of these, all different, are extant. The present copy is believed to have been given to the queen's brother Emperor Joseph II in 1781. Three of the known albums went, respectively, to another brother of the queen, the Archduke Ferdinand; to the Swedish king, Gustav III; and to the Grand Duke and Grand Duchess Paul and Maria Feodorovna of Russia, while the queen kept a personal copy. Châtelet's brilliant watercolors, interspersed with Mique's architectural plans, reminded recipients of the places where they were entertained, from the Chinese-style merry-go-round, the Grotto, and the Temple of Love to the "gem"-like Theater, where ballets and operas were performed.

Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Album with Plans of the Petit Trianon (1781) by Claude-Louis ChâteletThe Metropolitan Museum of Art

Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon
Illustrated by Claude-Louis Châtelet
Architectural plans by Richard Mique
French, 1781
Vartanian & Sons, New York

Images courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco — All rights reserved

This online book produced in conjunction with the exhibition Visitors to Versailles, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, April 16 through July 29, 2018.

Organized with the Palace of Versailles.

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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan with French Gardens and Grounds of the Petit Trianon, with Building Footprints | A, Palace. B, Chapel. C, Common. D, Stables and Carriage House. E, Concert Gazebo. F, Open-Air Pavilion with Trellis. G, Menagerie. H, Theatre. I, Belvedere. K, Rock. L, Grotto. M, Merry-Go-Round. N, Gallery for Merry-Go-Round. O, Temple. P, Gardener's Lodging. Q, Orangery and Conservatory., Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the Basement of the Palace, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the Ground Floor of the Palace, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the First Floor of the Palace, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon View of the Palace Seen from the Stables, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Facade of the Palace Seen from the French Gardens; Section of the Palace on the A,B axis, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon View of the Chinese Merry-Go-Round, its Gallery, and one Facade of the Palace, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the Gazebo for Concerts and Outdoor Meals, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Facade of the Gazebo for Concerts; Section of the Same, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the Ground Floor of the Theatre, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the First Tier, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Plan of the Second Tier and Ceiling, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Section of the Theatre, Drawn Lengthwise, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Section of the Theatre Seen from the House; Section of the Theatre Seen from the Stage, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Ceiling of the Theatre, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Section of the Belvedere; Plan of the Belvedere, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon View of the Belvedere and the Rock, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon Section of the Temple; Plan of the Temple, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon View of the Temple, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon View of the Interior of the Grotto, Claude-Louis Châtelet, Richard Mique, 1781, From the collection of: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Souvenir Album of the Petit Trianon. Illustrated by Claude-Louis Châtelet (1753–1795); architectural plans by and Richard Mique (1728–1794). French, 1781. Watercolor, pen and ink; binding: stamped morocco leather with blue silk linings. Vartanian & Sons, New York

Images courtesy Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco — All rights reserved.

Learn more at metmuseum.org.

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This online book is produced in conjunction with the exhibition Visitors to Versailles, on view at The Met Fifth Avenue, April 16 through July 29, 2018.

Organized with the Palace of Versailles.

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