Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures at Dieppe 1824

Artwork details

Figures at 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 223
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Catalogue entry

Turner has used this page to jot down various sightings at Dieppe. There are street signs at top left and two sketches of soldiers with separate details of their dress (a collar, boots) accompanied by annotations. Notes such as ‘White Lilies on Flap’, ‘Black W[hite]’, ‘R[e]d Gold’, ‘Black Gold’, and ‘Light Blue’ appear to describe the colours and embellishments of their uniforms. The soldiers may be associated with the ‘Bureau Des Préposés des Officier Douans’ [Bureau de Douane: the Customs Office]. Turner has also made note of the ‘British Consulate’ and the ‘Depot de Tabac’, [Dépôt de Tabac’ or tobacco storehouse]. For other views of Dieppe in this sketchbook see Tate D19959, D19966, D19968–D19987, D19989–D20014, D20031–D20033; Turner Bequest CCXVI 205, 209a, 211–222a, 223a–236, 244a–245a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

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