Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

1832

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 x 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24333
Turner Bequest CCLVII 85

Catalogue entry

Turner filled this page with studies of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century façades of the Château de Fontainebleau, located some forty miles south-east of central Paris. Particular attention has been paid to the idiosyncrasies of the roofline and the dense architectural ornamentation. Turner made numerous such sketches of the palace on the 1832 tour with a view to illustrating an episode in Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate T04980. A list of pages featuring Fontainebleau in the present volume is provided in the sketchbook Introduction.

John Chu
January 2015

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