Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

1832

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 175 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24332
Turner Bequest CCLVII 84 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled this page with a study of the entrance façade of the palace of Château de Fontainebleau, located some forty miles south-east of central Paris. This is the most detailed of the numerous sketches which Turner made of the palace in 1832 tour with a view to illustrating an episode in Walter Scott’s Life of Napoleon Buonaparte (1834–36); see Tate impression 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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