Floor Plan for the Renovations of the Château de Rambouillet

Jean Augustin Renard French
Formerly attributed to Jacques Charles Bonnard French

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While identified by the inscriptions on this drawing as a plan for the royal castle at Versailles, this drawing represents an unexecuted renovation plan for the Château de Rambouillet. It was proposed to King Luois XVI by the architect Jean Augustin Renard at the end of 1783. Renard faced the difficult task of transforming the existing building, which was deemed too Gothic in taste, into a modern residence that could function as Royal residence and hunting lodge. King Louis XVI ultimately deemed the project too expensive and dismissed Renard’s plans. While other works on the grounds took place in the following years under supervision of the architect Jean Jacques Thévenin, the main building was not worked on until Napoleon tore down the East wing, and had the interiors renovated.

Floor Plan for the Renovations of the Château de Rambouillet, Jean Augustin Renard (French, 1744–1807), Pen and black ink, brush and pink, black, and gray wash

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