Joseph Mallord William Turner

?The Normandy Coast

1845

Not on display

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
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
D35486
Turner Bequest CCCLX 24

Catalogue entry

Achieved without an underlying pencil drawing, the subject of this loose watercolour sketch is difficult to determine. Nonetheless, like folio 10 recto (D35469; Turner Bequest CCCLX 11), it may depict the structures at the mouth of Dieppe harbour as seen from the long stretch of gravel beach that runs west towards the medieval castle. The row of ‘dropped in’ red dots in the upper half the page ending in a grey-purple vertical may represent the western jetty. 1
For reasons set out in the Technical notes in the sketchbook Introduction, this work appears inverted in relation to the volume as foliated.

John Chu
February 2014

1
For the history of Dieppe’s harbour infrastructure, see Jacques Bialek, Évolution du Port de Dieppe du XVIIe Siècle à nos Jours, Dieppe 1996.

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