Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France

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 × 127 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24338
Turner Bequest CCLVII 87 a

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the central section of this page with a description of the long sixteenth- and seventeenth-century façades of the Château de Fontainebleau. Particular attention has been paid to the rusticated architectural detail and the rhythm of steeply pitched roofs along the skyline. 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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