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Past Exhibition

The Quai Henri IV at Dieppe, Looking Toward the Old Bridge

graphite and watercolor depiction of land alongside river, populated with carriages and people

Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)
The Quai Henri IV at Dieppe, Looking Toward the Old Bridge, ca. 1826–27
Graphite and watercolor on paper
6 5/8 x 9 5/16 in. (16.9 x 23.7 cm)
Tate; Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
© Tate, London 2016

The viewpoint in this work is the same as in the oil sketch in the exhibition. The thinly washed paper comes through in the image of the crowded quai, giving the whole composition an airy quality. This work was most likely painted after Turner’s oil painting of Dieppe was exhibited in 1825 and may be a preliminary sketch for an unrealized print series.