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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1972,U.858

  • Description

    Château de Fontainebleau, plan of the château with formal gardens, game courts and pond in the lower part, and château with surrounding courtyards and the Queen's gardens in the upper part Pen and black ink with grey wash; on vellum

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1570 (c)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 513 millimetres
    • Width: 748 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed with a title: 'Le plan de fontainebleau tant la basse court la court de la / fontaine que la court du logis du roy avec les Jardrins / Et estang', scale, compass points: 'Septentrium', 'Orient', 'Midy', 'Occident', and various descriptive notes, with in the upper part the château: 'La basse court', 'La longue gallerie', 'le Jardrin de la royne', 'La Gallerie du Roy', 'La court de la fontaine', 'Consciergerie', 'La court du logis du Roy', 'court de feue Madame la regente', 'Le logis de feue / madame la regente', 'court des offices', and below the gardens and pond: 'Le Jardrin des pains', 'La grotte', 'Lestang', 'La chaussee', 'La terrasse', 'Le Grand Jardrin', and game courts: 'Le Ieu des barves' and 'Le Ieu de balle'.
  • Curator's comments

    One of two drawings on the Château de Fontainebleau drawn by Du Cerceau for this album; see 1972,U.793 for comment on whole series.
    The drawing shows the modifications brought to the château as late as 1570/72, but Du Cerceau was not averse to draw elements that were still at planning stage; here he adds an oval room of his own invention on the zone adjoining the 'Court du logis du Roy'. This oval room does not appear on the bird's eye view of the château (1973,U.1354).
    For further comment see Boudon/Mignot, 'Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau', Paris 2010, pp.158-161.

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  • Location

    Not on display (c.99a)

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1886

  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Department of Printed Books.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1972,U.858

Chateau de Fontainebleau, one of a group of 122 drawings of French chateaux etched in the artist's 'Les plus excellents bastiments de France', 1576-79; plan the chateau from S, formal gardens at r and parkland at l, with tree-lined avenue between Pen and

Chateau de Fontainebleau, one of a group of 122 drawings of French chateaux etched in the artist's 'Les plus excellents bastiments de France', 1576-79; plan the chateau from S, formal gardens at r and parkland at l, with tree-lined avenue between Pen and

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