antique prints, maps and watercolors

(Chinese Garden Plan l'Hotel de Cosse) G. L. LeRouge. Paris 1778. $185.00

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Plate 27 “Jardin Chinois de l'Hotel de Cosse, Rue Grenelle, leve au Pas, Dessine par le Rouge 1777”

Monsieur George Louis le Rouge (flourished 1740 – 80) was a French military engineer, hydrographer and cartographer. He produced a wide range of attractive maps as Geographical Engineer to King Louis XV. His maps for the atlas Pilote Americain published in 1778 are among the most desirable and significant of the American Revolutionary war period. So it is surprising that he would have been responsible for a volume of French garden plans. These lovely detailed plans highlight the formality and creative expression of French architects, gardeners and patrons as they pursued "earthly paradise." The work described landscape design techniques popular in the 1770s, detailing fountains, parterres, kitchen and formal flower gardens, parks, allees, garden buildings etc.
Copperplate engraving on laid paper.
16 ¼ x 11 1/4 inches sheet.
Very good condition, old crease lower right margin.