Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waterside Hills and Buildings, ?near Dieppe

c.1826

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 168 × 241 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D20216
Turner Bequest CCXX J a

Catalogue entry

This colour sketch of the trees was first documented by John Ruskin as one of several of works depicting Dieppe and its environs. As A.J. Finberg noted in his 1909 inventory of the Turner Bequest, Ruskin grouped this work together with twenty other ‘slight coloured sketches, chiefly from Dieppe’. 1 A note which was once appended to this parcel of works reveals that Ruskin held them in low regard, judging that they had been executed ‘in some careless or sickly state of mind’. 2 Turner specialist Ian Warrell has upheld the likely connection of this sheet to stylistically comparable views of the landscape around Dieppe. He has also suggested that it may have been produced with the failed The English Channel or La Manche print series in mind.3
1
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.686.
2
Ibid.
3
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.159, 211 note 9
Verso:
See entry for Tate D20217 (Turner Bequest CCXX Jb).

John Chu
March 2016

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