J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France 1832

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 84 Recto:
Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 84
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in blue ink ‘84’ bottom right and ‘2’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVII 84’ bottom left, descending vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the sketchbook turned horizontally, Turner filled the left-hand side of 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. 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. Slighter passages of landscapes with architectural features are featured in the bottom right-hand corner.

John Chu
January 2015

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France 1832 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, January 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-chateau-de-fontainebleau-le-de-france-r1175359, accessed 25 February 2021.