Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Church of St-Jacques and Dieppe Harbour

1845

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite, gouache and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 × 332 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D35470
Turner Bequest CCCLX 12

Catalogue entry

This watercolour sketch, worked over a relatively detailed pencil drawing, takes in the main section of Dieppe harbour from a slight elevation near the district of Pollet. The harbour waters, shown at the point at which the dark brown quai du Carénage divides them in two, are indicated by a section of ‘reserved’ blank paper. The Church of St-Jacques rises above a tall row of terraced, harbour-side buildings while ships’ masts, crowds of people, and carriages picked out with ‘dropped-in’ patches of brown evoke the hubbub of a busy port and tourist town. Two elegant figures to the right of the page join the viewer as spectators of the scene; in this respect, like folio 12 recto (D35471; Turner Bequest CCCLX 13) the page draws the viewer into the comings and goings of leisurely holiday-making.1
For reasons set out in the Technical notes in the sketchbook Introduction, this work appears inverted in relation to the volume as foliated.
1
For the fashionable nature of Dieppe at this date, see Simonia Pakenham, Sixty Miles from England: The English at Dieppe, 1814–1914, London 1967; also, L. Vitet, Histoire de Dieppe, Paris 1844, p.333.
Verso:
Blank; except for a light patch of grey watercolour transferred from folio 12 recto opposite (D35471; Turner Bequest CCCLX 13).

John Chu
February 2014

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