Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Cour Ovale, Château de Fontainebleau

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
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
D24330
Turner Bequest CCLVII 83 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled much of this page with a view of the Cour Ovale (Oval Courtyard) at the Château de Fontainebleau, located some forty miles south-east of central Paris. Particular attention has been paid to the way in which the building’s eclectic mix of sixteenth- and seventeenth-century façades curve away from the central tower. 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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