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 87 Verso:
Château de Fontainebleau, Île-de-France 1832
Turner Bequest CCLVII 87a
Pencil on white laid paper, 175 x 127 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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

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-r1175366, accessed 16 January 2021.