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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Groups of Fishermen and Fishwives at Dieppe 1821

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 32 Recto:
Groups of Fishermen and Fishwives at Dieppe 1821
Turner Bequest CCXI 32
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 189 mm
Inscribed in pencil by Turner ‘Gold | V. Blue Cloud with yellow Gold’ centre right, ‘Red cloud’ centre, and ‘W Blue’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXI 32’ top left inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This page of harbour scenes is assumed to have been made at Dieppe as Turner paid particular attention when he arrived at the town to the activity of people and boats at the busy harbour (for references to more of his sketches of the harbour see Tate D24501; Turner Bequest CCLVIII 1a).1 There are two sketches of the quayside – top left and top right – in which people are shown unloading cargo boats. The architecture and cliffs in the background are reminiscent of Turner’s other sketches of Dieppe. Across the bottom half of the page is a rapidly executed landscape sketch. The cupola of a building at the far left is recognisable as the Church of St Jacques in Dieppe (see D24501). Turner’s main interest, however, is in the sky, and he has noted down the ‘Red Clouds’ at the centre of the image and ‘w Blue’ at the right. Above the sketch at the right is a second study of the sky, this time inscribed ‘V[ery] Blue Cloud with yellow Gold’, and a sketch of a cloud labelled ‘Gold’ with rays of sunlight bursting through it.

Thomas Ardill
February 2013

Finberg 1909, II, p.645, CCXI 32; Warrell 1999, p.25.

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Groups of Fishermen and Fishwives at 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-groups-of-fishermen-and-fishwives-at-dieppe-r1146268, accessed 24 June 2022.