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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Waterside Hills and Buildings, ?near Dieppe c.1826

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Waterside Hills and Buildings, ?near Dieppe c.1826
Turner Bequest CCXX Ja
Watercolour on white wove paper, 168 x 241 mm
Inscribed in pencil ‘J’ bottom right
Blind stamped with the Turner Bequest monogram bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCXX J’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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
A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.II, p.686.
Ian Warrell, Turner on the Loire, exhibition catalogue, Tate Gallery, London 1997, pp.159, 211 note 9
See entry for Tate D20217 (Turner Bequest CCXX Jb).

John Chu
March 2016

How to cite

John Chu, ‘Waterside Hills and Buildings, ?near Dieppe 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-waterside-hills-and-buildings-near-dieppe-r1185468, accessed 17 October 2021.