Joseph Mallord William TurnerBoats near Waterloo Bridge c.1820

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Boats near Waterloo Bridge
From Scotland and London Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CLXX
Date c.1820
Dimensionssupport: 177 x 256 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CLXX 8
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 9 Recto:
Boats near Waterloo Bridge circa 1820
Turner Bequest CLXX 8
Watercolour on off-white wove paper, 177 x 256 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘8’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXX – 8’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn in brown wash alone, this study of a boat on the Thames relates to views of Waterloo Bridge across folios 6 to 10 (D13820–D13824; CLXX 5–9). Although the bridge itself, and other London landmarks are not included, the gaff-rigged sailing boat may be the same as in folio 10, and the bottle oven and shot tower at the right are typical structures found on the south bank of the Thames around Waterloo and Southwark.

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

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