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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Figures at Dieppe 1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 229 Recto:
Figures at Dieppe 1824
Turner Bequest CCXVI 222
Pencil on white wove paper, 78 x 118 mm
Watermark ‘[smith &] allnut | [18]22’
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Flushing Packet’ top centre towards left, ‘Green door’ top centre towards right, ‘o[...] d[...]’, ‘D[?epot]’ de [?Tabac]’ bottom right, ‘B’ bottom centre towards left
Inscribed in blue ink by Ruskin ‘222’ top right
Stamped in black ‘CCXVI–222’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This previously unidentified sketch shows a group of locals at Dieppe, probably encountered by Turner has he sketched the harbour and its environs. Small jottings surround the figures: at top left, a possible item of clothing followed by a design comprised of a squiggly line, dots and circles, and at right, a building. The artist has added written notes including ‘Flushing Packet’, which may refer to a scheduled cargo or passenger service conducted by ship to Vlissingen in the Netherlands. Vlissingen is historically referred to as ‘Flushing’ by the British. Other annotations are: ‘green door’, possibly to describe the building at right, and what appears to read ‘Depot de Tabac’ or tobacco storehouse. For other views of Dieppe in this sketchbook see Tate D19959, D19966, D19968–D19985, D19987–D20014, D20031–D20033; Turner Bequest CCXVI 205, 209a, 211–221a, 222a–236, 244a–245a.

Alice Rylance-Watson
June 2014

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Figures at Dieppe 1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-figures-at-dieppe-r1174781, accessed 28 May 2020.