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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Dieppe Harbour c.1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Dieppe Harbour c.1826
Turner Bequest CCXX C
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 169 x 237 mm
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram and ‘CCXX C’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This bustling quay-side sketch is one of several comparable works first documented by John Ruskin as a view of Dieppe harbour. 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 More recently, the sheet has been identified as a preparatory work towards one of several abortive attempts to put the material gathered on the 1826 tour of Northern France to use.3 Finberg only tentatively followed Ruskin firmly identifying the subject as Dieppe, although comparisons with other works in the Turner Bequest carried out by art historian Alice Rylance-Watson confirm this location; see entry for Tate D19987 (Turner Bequest CCXVI 222a).
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.685.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Seine, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1999, pp.28; David Blayney Brown, Sarah Skinner and Ian Warrell, Coasting: Turner and Bonington on the Shores of the Channel, exhibition catalogue, Nottingham Castle 2008, p.59.
Inscribed in pencil with the note ‘D20209’ at the centre of the bottom edge of the page.

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Dieppe Harbour c.1826 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2016, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, March 2017, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-dieppe-harbour-r1185464, accessed 05 December 2021.