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
D24339
Turner Bequest CCLVII 88

Catalogue entry

With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the bottom half of this page with a rapid description of the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Château de Fontainebleau as seen from the south. The large circular pond of the parterre is featured towards the bottom of the page. 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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