Demolition of the Château of Meudon
Oil on canvas
Under a bright, sun-drenched sky, the demolition of the château of Meudon is well under way. Located near Versailles, with a view of Paris and the Seine River, the château of Meudon was once among France’s finest monuments. But during the 1700s, it fell into disrepair. During the French Revolution, which began in 1789, the château was ransacked and it suffered further damage in a fire of 1795. It was demolished entirely in 1803. Rather than documenting the site’s actual appearance in that year, Hubert Robert combined fact and fiction, depicting features that had already vanished alongside still-existing elements of the structure.