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© The Frick Collection
Joseph Mallord William Turner  (1775–1851)
Harbor of Dieppe: Changement de Domicile, exhibited 1825, but subsequently dated 1826
Oil on canvas
68 3/8 x 88 3/4 in. (173.7 x 225.4 cm)
Henry Clay Frick Bequest
Accession number: 1914.1.122
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Commentary: Dieppe is one of Turner’s three large exhibition pieces representing northern Continental ports, another being his scene of Cologne now also in The Frick Collection. Sketches for the present painting date from the late summer of 1821 and record a number of buildings that still stand. When Dieppe was shown in the Royal Academy exhibition of 1825, it received mixed reviews. The intense luminosity of the painting was deemed inappropriate for a northern climate and displeased some contemporary critics, one of whom called it a “splendid piece of falsehood.” Another, however, wrote: “Not even Claude in his happiest efforts, has exceeded the brilliant composition before us.” The apparent inconsistency of the inscribed date with the picture’s exhibition in 1825 may indicate that Turner reworked The Harbor of Dieppe at the same time he exhibited Cologne in 1826.

Source: Art in The Frick Collection: Paintings, Sculpture, Decorative Arts, New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996
Collections: James Wadmore. His sale, May 5–6, 1854, Christie’s, Lot 185, sold for 1,850 guineas to Grundy, probably for John Naylor, Leighton Hall, Welshpool, Montgomeryshire. Mrs. Naylor. Bought from her, together with Cologne, by Agnew and Sulley, through Dyer and Sons, for a total of £42,000. Knoedler. Frick, 1914.

Source: Paintings in The Frick Collection: American, British, Dutch, Flemish and German. Volume I. New York: The Frick Collection, 1968.