Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851)
Dieppe: The Port from the Quai Henri IV, ca. 1827–28
Oil on canvas
23 3/4 x 35 1/8 in. (60.3 x 89.2 cm)
Tate; Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
© Tate, London 2016
This broadly painted oil sketch was long thought be an Italian scene but recently has been identified as a view of Dieppe. The arched bridge, recognizable from Turner’s sketches, connects the quai on the right to the fishing village of Le Pollet across the harbor. (The bridge is obscured by a sail in the Frick oil.) This sketch may have been made for an unrealized painting of Dieppe or as a color experiment.