This colour sketch, formerly assumed to be a depiction of the coastline near Dieppe,1 has been identified by Turner specialist, Eric Shanes, as a view of the Normandy harbour of St-Vaast-la-Hougue.2 It is associated with material gathered by Turner during his 1826 tour of Northern France and was used as the basis for a finished watercolour of about 1827 on the historicising subject of jousting sailors, The Jute: A Jousting Constest at St-Vaast-la-Hougue, Normandy (private collection).3
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.685.
Eric Shanes, Turner’s Watercolour Explorations 1810–1842, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.29.
Illustrated in Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, p.170, fig.167.