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Though it does not actually show a Seine subject, it seems appropriate to include this newly-identified view of Dieppe here, since the port on the coast of Normandy was often the starting point for Turner's investigations of the Seine valley. Several of the pencil sketches Turner made at Dieppe in 1821 informed his thinking when he embarked on this study in oils. He used the same notes as the basis for a group of unfinished watercolours painted around 1827, one of which adopts roughly the same viewpoint as this picture.

September 2004