Joseph Mallord William Turner

Le Tréport Viewed from Mers-les-Bains


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite, watercolour and pen on paper
Support: 231 x 330 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCCLIX 12

Catalogue entry

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.
Gamble, Wildman and Pinette 2003, pp.128, 129.
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.
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’.

John Chu
February 2014

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