Attractive antique print showing the regal palace of St. Germain en Laye, on the outskirts of Paris.
The castle is here depicted from the southwest, showing the splendid front facade as well as the beginning of the property's expansive gardens. The foreground shows numerous aristocrats wandering the grounds between two gates.
While a chateau still stands in Chateau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, the palace here depicted was demolished following the French Revolution. It had previously been constructed by Henry II as a royal residence, and was the birthplace of Louis XIV. The building subsequently fell into disuse, although it was an outstanding construction while it stood.
Jean François Daumont (1740-1775) was one of the most prolific creators of vue d'optiques in 18th century Paris. His works reflect accurate and detailed studies on perspective, reproduced in print form.