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drawing / architectural drawing

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1973,U.1354

  • Description

    Château de Fontainebleau, bird's eye view of the château from south looking north, with pond in centre foreground with 'la cour de la fontaine' behind, 'la basse court' to the left' and 'la cour du Roy' to right, gardens at right and formal parkland at left Pen and black ink, grey wash, on vellum

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  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1570 (c)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 507 millimetres
    • Width: 741 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed with names of various areas of the palace: '[Jardr]in aux pins', 'La grande gallerie', 'La basse court', 'La court de la fontaine', 'La fontaine', 'Estang', 'La court du logis du Roy', 'La grand salle a baller', 'Icy est la court des offices', 'La terrasse', 'Le grand Jardrin', 'Chausse'; with compass points: 'Septentrium', 'Orient', 'Midj'.
  • 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 portico on the 'cour de la fontaine' is part of the modifications brought by Primaticcio in 1570/72.
    For further comment see Boudon/Mignot, 'Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau', Paris 2010, pp.158-161.

    2006 label: Ex. catalogue
    Jacques Androuet du Cerceau (c.1520-1586)
    The Château de Fontainebleau
    Pen and black ink with grey wash on vellum
    One of a set of 122 drawings by this leading French architect recording the finest buildings in France. Related etchings were published in Du Cerceau's book, Les plus excellents bastiments de France (1576-79). The drawings were formerly in the Royal Library, presented to the British Museum by George IV.
    The Château de Fontainebleau, south of Paris, was a major French royal residence in the sixteenth century. From 1528, the French King, François Ier, employed numerous artists on its construction and decoration, including Primaticcio, Niccolò dell'Abbate, Léonard Thiry and Étienne Dupérac (for whom see cats.3-6 and 9)

    H. Kurita and M. Koshikawa, in exhib. cat., Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art and Tokyo, National Museum of Western Art, 'French drawings from the British Museum: from Fontainebleau to Versailles', 2002, no.13

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  • Location

    Not on display (French Large Atlas XVIc)

  • Exhibition history

    1973 Paris, Grand Palais, Ecole de Fontainebleau, cat.109
    2002 April-June, Nagoya, Aichi Prefectural Mus of Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum' 2002 July-Sep, Tokyo, NM of Western Art, 'French Drawings from the British Museum'
    2006 June-Sep, BM, Watteau to Seurat (ex. catalogue)
    2010 Feb-May, Paris, Palais de Chaillot, Androuet du Cerceau

  • Subjects

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1886

  • Acquisition notes

    Transferred from the Department of Printed Books.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1973,U.1354

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; bird's eye view of the chateau from S looking N, with lake in centre foreground with 'la cour de la fon

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; bird's eye view of the chateau from S looking N, with lake in centre foreground with 'la cour de la fon

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