Matthieu Pinette identifies this scene as the view of Tréport and its chalk cliffs from the village of Mers-les-Bains, just to the east of the harbour mouth.1 The Church of St-Jacques du Tréport is centrally featured in blue-grey.2 In the foreground a relatively detailed sketch in red ink of a pair of mounted soldiers which Ian Warrell associates with the visit of Queen Victoria to this region. See the tour Introduction for the possible connections between of Turner’s tour and the Royal visit.
Blank; except for patches of watercolour and various curators’ notes and endorsement marks. The centre of the sheet is inscribed with a semi-inverted ‘63’; ‘ccclix. 12’ is inscribed in pencil at the bottom centre; towards the bottom left the Turner Bequest monogram has been stamped in black ink above ‘CCCLIX – 12’; also towards bottom left is inscribed ‘4’ and ‘?JR’.
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