The Coast at Dieppe, France, from the CastleArtist:
, British, 1855 - 1921
Material and Medium: watercolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 557 x 404mm
Support: 234 x 177mm
Accession Number: CGSG00479
In 1883 Ruskin commissioned Hackstoun to draw views in northern France with a set route: Boulogne to Abbeville, Abbeville to Amiens and Amiens to Dieppe. At each town, Hackstoun made a number of records for Ruskin.
Ruskin though writes little about Dieppe in his published works. It seems his interest in the city comes mostly from comparing its appearance with the topographical views of it taken by the artists JMW Turner and Samuel Prout. Nevertheless, by the 1800s, the town of Dieppe was a tourist destination as well as a port for English ferry crossings. Dieppe's beach, which was a popular location for artists, can be seen in the background of this work, along with its cliffs, which Ruskin wrote about in early geological diaries.