J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Château de Dieppe 1821

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 4 Recto:
Château de Dieppe 1821
Turner Bequest CCLVIII 4
Pencil on white wove paper, 123 x 118 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘4’ top right running vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCLVIII – 4’ top right running vertically
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
These sketches of a castle on a cliff were tentatively identified by Finberg as the château at Tancarville on the Seine,1 but Ian Warrell has since identified them as the château at Dieppe. At the top is a view from below the cliffs to the west with the inscription ‘sea’; a smaller sketch to the right details the outline of turrets along the top of the wall. For the sketch beneath, Turner climbed up the cliffs to the west to include the sea and the coastal cliffs to the north.2 There is another sketch of the château on folio 7 (Tate D24512; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 7).

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

Finberg 1909, II, p.786, CCLVIII 4. The page was also illustrated with this title in an exhibition catalogue of 1981: Guillaud, Alfrey, Wilton and others 1981, p.153 fig.259.
Ian Warrell, Turner catalogue files, Tate, CCLVIII 4.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Château de Dieppe 1821 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, February 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, August 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-chateau-de-dieppe-r1146293, accessed 05 December 2021.