Joseph Mallord William Turner

Château de Dieppe

1821

Not on display
Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 123 x 118 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D24506
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 4

Catalogue entry

These sketches of a castle on a cliff were tentatively identified by Finberg as the château at Tancarville on the Seine,1 but Ian Warrell has since identified them as the château at Dieppe. At the top is a view from below the cliffs to the west with the inscription ‘sea’; a smaller sketch to the right details the outline of turrets along the top of the wall. For the sketch beneath, Turner climbed up the cliffs to the west to include the sea and the coastal cliffs to the north.2 There is another sketch of the château on folio 7 (Tate D24512; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 7).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

1
Finberg 1909, II, p.786, CCLVIII 4. The page was also illustrated with this title in an exhibition catalogue of 1981: Guillaud, Alfrey, Wilton and others 1981, p.153 fig.259.
2
Ian Warrell, Turner catalogue files, Tate, CCLVIII 4.

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