Joseph Mallord William Turner Church of Saint-Jacques, Dieppe 1824

Artwork details

Church of Saint-Jacques, Dieppe
From Rivers Meuse and Moselle Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CCXVI
Date 1824
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 78 x 118 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXVI 227
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Catalogue entry

This carefully wrought full-page study depicts the church of Saint-Jacques at Dieppe. Construction of the building is thought to have begun in 1185, when Henry II Plantagenet was in the process of erecting the Château de Dieppe.1 The church underwent extensive remodelling between 1283 and the end of the sixteenth century, following a fire and conflicts in the Hundred Years War.2 Saint-Jacques Church is historically on the ‘Camino de Santiago’ pilgrimage route. It features in Turner’s celebrated oil painting Harbour of Dieppe (Changement de Domicile), exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1825 (Frick Collection, New York).3
For other views of Dieppe in this sketchbook see Tate D19959, D19966, D19968–D19995, D19998–D20014, D20031–D20033; Turner Bequest CCXVI 205, 209a, 211–226a, 228–236, 244a–245a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

‘Saint-Jacques Church’, Dieppe-Maritime Tourisme, accessed 31 October 2014,
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, p.141 no.231.

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