Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Château de Dieppe from Place de la Barre


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 111 x 86 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLXI 60

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, this view to the north-west centres on the thirteenth-century tower at the south end of the Château de Dieppe, built as the tower of the original church of Saint-Rémy,1 which fell into ruin before being replaced by another of the same dedication a little to the east. The tower still stands in a rather dilapidated state; in Turner’s day it overlooked a flight of steps from place de la Barre, now respectively Rue de Chastes and Place des Martyrs, and although the street plan is recognisable, none of the other buildings survive. Compare the 1838 painting of the same view (Château-Musée, Dieppe) by Clarkson Frederick Stanfield (1793–1867), and the 1839 lithograph Tour de Remi, Dieppe, by Thomas Shotter Boys (1803–1874), from his Picturesque Architecture in Paris, Ghent, Antwerp, Rouen &c.
There is a similar view of the castle on folio 47 recto (D35569). For others of Dieppe, see under folio 31 recto (D35541).
See ‘Monuments’, Dieppe-Maritime Tourisme, accessed 7 March 2016,
Technical notes:
There is some brown staining at the gutter, possibly indicating water damage in the 1928 Tate flood.

Matthew Imms
September 2016

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