The present drawings were executed as part of the series of 96 drawings for France Illustrated, published in 1844. The author comments on the two buildings:
'The façade of the sumptuous palace extends nearly one thousand feet, and the Pavillon d'Horloge, its majestic centre, commands a view through a long vista of aged chestnut trees across the Place de la Concorde, the Champs Elysées and the Triumphal Arch, to the beautiful bridge of Neuilly, a distance of three full miles' (Wright, op. cit., II, p. 10).
'A new charm has, however, been conferred upon the garden of the Luxembourg as the fountain-head of the roseries of Europe. For the gratification of Josephine, .... most of the finest modern roses have had their origin at the Luxembourg' (Wright, op. cit., III, p. 51).