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The private library or bibliothéque of the Château de Groussay located near Versaille, France. The Château was built in 1815 by the duchesse de Charest, a daughter of Louise Elisabeth de Croÿ-Havré, marquise de Tourzel, the governess of the royal enfants de France of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The Château was purchased in 1938-39 by the French aesthete Carlos de Beistegui, who enlarged it, with the professional help of Emilio Terry. Cecil Beaton’s inspiration for Henry Higgins’ library in My Fair Lady was the library at Groussay. Beistegui created new gardens, inspired by the Anglo-Chinese gardens of the 18th century and the royal gardens of Drottningholm Palace in Sweden. They feature a Chinese pagoda, a labyrinth, a theater of verdure, a Tartar tent, and other follies.

The private library or bibliothéque of the Château de Groussay located near Versaille, France. The Château was built in 1815 by the duchesse de Charest, a daughter of Louise Elisabeth de Croÿ-Havré, marquise de Tourzel, the governess of the royal enfants de France of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette. The Château was purchased in 1938-39 by the French aesthete Carlos de Beistegui, who enlarged it, with the professional help of Emilio Terry. Cecil Beaton’s inspiration for Henry Higgins’ library in My Fair Lady was the library at Groussay. Beistegui created new gardens, inspired by the Anglo-Chinese gardens of the 18th century and the royal gardens of Drottningholm Palace in Sweden. They feature a Chinese pagoda, a labyrinth, a theater of verdure, a Tartar tent, and other follies.

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