Joseph Mallord William Turner Cour de la Fontaine, Château de Fontainebleau 1832

Artwork details

Cour de la Fontaine, Château de Fontainebleau
From Paris and Environs Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCLVII
Date 1832
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 175 x 127 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLVII 85 a
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Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the Cour de la Fontaine (Fountain Courtyard) at the Château de Fontainebleau, located some forty miles south-east of central Paris. Particular attention has been paid to the densely architectural ornamentation of the façades. Turner made numerous sketches of the palace on the 1832 tour with a view to an 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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