Joseph Mallord William Turner

?Blackfriars Bridge, with Thames Barges

1820–5

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07009
Turner Bequest CV 21 a

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. In the absence of any identifiable detail of buildings on the banks of the Thames or of the exact design of the twin columns facing the piers of the bridge, it is hard to tell if this Blackfriars (built by Robert Mylne with Ionic columns) or Waterloo Bridge (built by John Rennie with Doric columns). See Introduction to the sketchbook for its numerous views of London and the Thames.

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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