Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church of St-Jacques du Tréport, with Chalk Cliffs

1845

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 328 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35438
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 3

Catalogue entry

This delicately tinted watercolour sketch depicts a broadly north-easterly view of Le Tréport in bright sunlight. Central is the Church of St-Jacques sitting on its little hill neighbouring the mouth of the harbour.1 The scene is framed by two sets of high cliffs, whose real distance to the town has been greatly diminished in the composition.
1
For a contemporary description of St-Jacques du Tréport, see Jean Benoi^t De´sire´ Cochet, Les Églises de l’Arrondissement de Dieppe, Dieppe 1846, pp.182–191.
Technical notes:
There is very small hole towards the bottom left of the page.
Verso:
Blank; except for small patches of blue watercolour.

John Chu
February 2014

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