Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Jetties at Dieppe Harbour

1845

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35463
Turner Bequest CCCLX 5

Catalogue entry

This brown and ochre watercolour sketch, achieved without an underlying pencil drawing, depicts the view from the banks of Dieppe’s port channel up the western jetty. The dark brown structure with sloping walls towards the centre of the page may be part of the defunct batterie system that still punctuated the long beach stretching west from this point.1 In the distance, in pale ochre, can be seen the harbour lighthouse on the western shore, and the long eastern jetty extending in from the right-hand side.2
For reasons set out in the Technical notes in the sketchbook Introduction, this work appears inverted in relation to the volume as foliated.
1
Simonia Pakenham, Sixty Miles from England: The English at Dieppe, 1814–1914, London 1967, p.40.
2
For the history of Dieppe’s harbour infrastructure, see Jacques Bialek, Évolution du Port de Dieppe du XVIIe Siècle à nos Jours, Dieppe 1996.
Verso:
Blank; except for small patches of blue and grey watercolour transferred from folio 5 recto opposite (D35464; Turner Bequest CCCLX 6).

John Chu
February 2014

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