- Louis Le Vau
- 連框：10 1/2 x 27 1/2 英寸；268 x 700 毫米
Acquired at the above sale by A. Alfred Taubman
The uppermost of the three designs is the closest to the building that was ultimately constructed, although in the end the lantern, which here closely resembles one designed by Le Vau for Vaux-le-Vicomte, took the form of a truncated octagonal pyramid. One of the alternative designs is very reminiscent of Le Vau's staircase façade at the Hôtel Lambert, and in the other he incorporated a gently curving bay façade, more or less identical to the one he executed at Vaux-le-Vicomte.
Le Vau was involved in many of the most important royal and aristocratic architectural commissions of the mid-17th century, working on projects that included the châteaux of Vaux-le-Vicomte, Vincennes and Raincy, the Collège des Quatre-Nations (now housing the Institut de France), the church of St. Sulpice and the Hôtel Lambert. He also collaborated on both the Palace of Versailles and the Palais du Louvre.