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These charming mise en scene of ladies and gentlemen at leisure are wonderful evocations of life during the Ancien Régime. At the time they were made the Tuileries Gardens were a popular meeting place for fashionable Parisiens. To meet the demand for adequate seating, chairs were introduced in 1760, which were available to rent. This resulted in an even greater number of visitors, and the unforeseen nuisance of dust being stirred up on the unpaved paths. To reduce the dust, barrels of water mounted on wheels were introduced to dampen the walkways. The etchings were probably intended to be placed side by side, forming a wide angle view of this section of the garden.