BÉLANGER, François-Joseph
(b. 1744, Paris, d. 1818, Paris)

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Bagatelle, Bois de Boulogne, Paris

Among Bélanger's best known works was the little lodge of Bagatelle in the Bois de Boulogne, erected in 64 days in 1777 as a result of a wager with Queen Marie-Antoinette, only sister-in-law to Comte d'Artois, who had the lodge built. Altered in the 19th century, the pavilion structure displays a doomed, semi-circular, projecting drawing room. The austere rustication of the façade contrasts charmingly with surrounding English garden designed by the Scot Thomas Blaikie and furnished by Bélanger with numerous structures, including a Gothic Revival pavilion.

The photo shows the drawing room façades.

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