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
D24336
Turner Bequest CCLVII 86 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, 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. The top half of the page is dominated by a long, continuous description of the edifice as seen from the south. Turner made numerous 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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