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Lille Tapestry Factory

The formal garden early eighteenth century

RCIN 110203

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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.