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The Château de Juvisy (detail) oil on canvas 165cm x 265 cm about 1700 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Château de Juvisy (detail) oil on canvas 165cm x 265 cm about 1700 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

We are pleased to announce that we have now raised the £1.3 million needed to acquire The Château de Juvisy, by Pierre-Denis Martin.

Thanks to an overwhelming response to our public appeal, and support from the Friends of the V&A and the Art Fund, we were able to complete acquisition ahead of the opening of the Europe 1600-1800 galleries.

About the painting

An accurate depiction of a French château and gardens from the 17th century is very rare, and unusually for an architectural portrait of this kind, the scene is bursting with human activity. Martin provides an extraordinary and vivid insight into the many aspects of château life and there are currently no paintings like it in any museum in the UK.

The painting will play a pivotal role in Gallery 5 of our seven redeveloped Europe 1600-1800 galleries, which will focus on the rise of France during 1660-1720. The painting will be displayed in a prominent position and the vast panorama, measuring 165cm x 265cm, will be the first thing you will see as you enter the space, setting the tone for the whole gallery. The arrival of Louis XIV is believed to be depicted in the foreground, and the gallery will explore the tastes and styles of his regency. 

With the design of the new galleries complete and the building work already under way, we are deeply grateful to everyone who supported the acquisition and helped ensure that we were able to purchase this significant painting in time. Thank you to everyone who supported us.

The Château de Juvisy will be going on display in Gallery 5 of our new Europe 1600-1800 galleries when they open in 2015.

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