Gallery Henri II Palace Fontainebleau 1892

GALLERY OF HENRI II PALACE OF FONTAINEBLEAU FRANCE — The interior of the Palace of Fontainebleau is of great magnificence, and the Gallery of Henry Second, outlined in this illustration, is one of the richest of all its historic halls. It was begun by Francis I, embellished by Henry II, and restored by Louis Philippe. This was the great reception room of Fontainebleau, and at intervals in the decorations of the walls and ceilings we see the letters H. and D., the initials of Henry II and the beautiful Diana of Poitiers. The chimney-piece in this apartment is one of the most elegant in Europe. In connection with the exterior of this palace allusion has been made to some of its Napoleonic souvenirs, but many other associations give to it historical importance. Here in 1685 Louis XIV signed the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes, by which nearly a century before Henry IV had granted toleration to the Protestants. Here the beautiful and ill-fated Marie Antoinette at times resided. Here, while a guest at the French Court in 1657, Queen Christiana of Sweden caused her former favorite, Count Monaldeschi, to be put to death. Here also Louis XV was married, and the subsequent Napoleon III was baptized; and one may see the room within this palace where the sentence of divorce was pronounced against the Empress Josephine in 1809. From the windows of this splendid apartment one looks out over a pretty park toward the famous Forest of Fontainebleau, threaded with charming walks and drives, and covering an area about fifty miles in circumference. (from John L. Stoddard, Glimpses of the world; a portfolio of photographs of the marvelous works of God and man – 1892)


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