Joseph Mallord William Turner

Cliffs, near Dieppe

c.1826–7

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 172 x 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25425
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 302

Catalogue entry

Turner specialist Ian Warrell has suggested that this is one of eight colour sketches of the area in and around Dieppe that was once formed a group with a further twelve studies of the same location but which were subsequently divided up by John Ruskin in the 1850s.1 Collectively, these sketches have been characterised as preparatory work towards one of several abortive attempts to put the material gathered on the 1826 tour of Northern France to use,2 most likely the failed The English Channel or La Manche print series.3
1
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p. 161.
2
David Blayney Brown, Sarah Skinner and Ian Warrell, Coasting: Turner and Bonington on the Shores of the Channel, exhibition catalogue, Nottingham Castle 2008, p.59.
3
Warrell, London 1997, pp.158–71.
Verso:
Blank

John Chu
March 2016

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