I came upon this stunning image of Versailles on a blog yesteday and asked if anyone knew the artist’s name and date. Voilá! Anthony (see his comment below) discovered that the artist is Isidore Laurent Deroy (1797-1886). In its original form (click here) the colors are duller. Clearly, the original has been re-colored—I like the almost surreal vibrancy of this doctored version. Too, it’s possible that the colors of the original faded over time.
Anthony, thank you so much! I'll post your findings to the blog.
Is it possible that the colors have faded over time, and that the original looked somewhat like this?
It is by Isidore Laurent Deroy (1797-1886).
A bit of detective work found the image: it appears here in it's original form – the colours are duller.
The version you have posted appears to have been "re-colourised" and I can't seem to find any more about that – looks like it might have been just done for a postcard. Definitely the same image though – all the people are in the identical spots.
Hope that helps. Perhaps more info here as well?