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Château de Charleval, plan showing at left a theatre within circular space, a formal garden with detailed parterre, at centre a bridge crossing water to château, which is flanked by formal gardens; with moat surrounding the whole
Pen and black ink with grey wash, touched with watercolour; on vellum
- Production date
- 1570 (c)
Height: 511 millimetres
Width: 748 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- One of two drawings on the Château de Charleval drawn by Du Cerceau for this album; see 1972,U.793 for comment on whole series.
Charleval was commissioned by King Charles IX in 1569/70. Excavations works had started and parts of the building were being erected when the St Bartholomew's Day massacre (1572) occured; work was subsequently slowed down and the death of the King in 1574 put a definite end to the project. The fact that Du Cerceau insisted on reproducing a building that was, for the most part, a project (he drew two meticulous plans of the château for this album and did five plates for the engraved version, even though by then construction had been halted for good) leaves some to suggest he might have been the architect. If not, he obviously had access to a large and complete documentation.
For further comment see Boudon/Mignot, 'Jacques Androuet Du Cerceau', Paris 2010, pp.168-171.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Transferred from the Department of Printed Books.
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