Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Crucifix at 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
D35461
Turner Bequest CCCLX 3

Catalogue entry

Turner positioned himself facing north-east, close to the mouth of the harbour at Dieppe to take this sketch. The crucifix then on the west bank of the channel connecting the port to the sea can be seen towards the centre left of the page.1 Above the far quay rise the chalk cliffs that run inland following the line of the channel; their whiteness has been achieved by ‘reserving’ a bank of blank paper and tinting the adjacent sky a pale grey.
For reasons set out in the Technical notes in the sketchbook Introduction, this work appears inverted in relation to the volume as foliated.
1
See the early nineteenth-century map on the inside front cover of Simonia Pakenham, Sixty Miles from England: The English at Dieppe, 1814–1914, London 1967.
Verso:
Blank; except for small spots of watercolour transferred from folio 3 recto opposite (D35462; Turner Bequest CCCLX 4).

John Chu
February 2014

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