Méridionale and Septentrionale Facades of the Folie de la Bouëxiére
This drawing was done by Georges-Louis Le Rouge. The drawing shows the southern (méridionale) and northern (septentrionale) exterior facades of the Folie de la Bouëxière, the estate future president James Monroe purchased on March 28, 1795 while serving as the United States Minister to France under President George Washington.
Monroe purchased the estate for 350,000 francs and lived there with wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth "Eliza" Kortright Monroe, seven servants, a chef, a coachman, and a gardener for two years. The Monroes entertained at the estate, inviting a social circle that included other Americans and French officials.