Departing from his usual practice--making politically charged drawings of the slums of Paris--Maxime Lalanne made this quiet drawing as a sensitive study of the provincial French landscape. Imbuing the scene with subtlety by applying rubbed crayon to the slightly irregular surface of laid paper, he presented a Romantic view of the countryside, with attractive, mature trees, a gently meandering river, and a picturesque castle tower.

A superb draftsman, Lalanne used his sketches to work out issues for his technical manual on sketching and as the basis for illustrations in journals and books.


  • Title: Castle Overlooking a River
  • Creator: Maxime Lalanne
  • Date Created: 1860s–1870s
  • Physical Dimensions: 40 × 29.5 cm (15 3/4 × 11 5/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Vine charcoal, powdered charcoal, with stumping, lifting, and dry brush, fixed on laid paper
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 99.GF.54
  • Culture: French
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, Gift of Richard A. Simms
  • Creator Display Name: Maxime Lalanne (French, 1827 - 1886)
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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