Antoine Caron

Antoine Caron
(1521–1599)

The Water Festival at Bayonne, 24 June 1565

Numbered at lower left center, in brown ink, 5.

Black chalk, pen and brown ink and some black ink, gray-brown wash, heightened with white
13 11/16 x 19 3/8 inches (349 x 493 mm)

Purchased as the gift of the Fellows

1955.7
Item description: 

This sheet is one of Caron’s six designs for the famous Valois tapestries now in the Uffizi. It depicts an elaborate water spectacle at Bayonne to celebrate a historic meeting of the French and Spanish courts. The notables of both courts boarded a magnificent boat in the shape of a castle and sailed through various canals to an island in the river, witnessing spectacles, including a mock whale hunt, along the way. A banquet was served and a ballet performed before the royal party returned as they had come.