GABRIEL, Ange-Jacques
(b. 1698, Paris, d. 1782, Paris)

Court façade of the Palace of Versailles

Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris

Unlike his major urban design achievements, most of Gabriel's projects for extending and enlarging the royal palaces did not proceed beyond the planning state. The present drawing of 1759 shows a plan for rebuilding the Palace of Versailles. Work was actually begun only in 1772, and was still incomplete in 1783.