Where's your favorite train station? This is ours right now. The expansion of the railway system made the wider French landscape accessible to both artists and day-trippers alike, and Fontainebleau became a popular destination when the tracks connecting it to Paris were completed in 1847. Charles-Francois Daubigny created illustrations for travel guides, books, and magazines in addition to working as a landscape painter. This sketchbook documents trips made between Paris, Rouen, and Le Havre. His silvery pencil lines captured both the architecture and lively human bustle of the train stations, waterways, cities, and landscapes he passed through, suggesting the excitement of this still-new mode of exploration.
Charles-François Daubigny (1817 - 1878), Sketchbook, ca. 1847. The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Karen B. Cohen in memory of Charles Ryskamp, 2010.105. Photography by Graham S. Haber