Joseph Mallord William Turner

City Barges in the Lord Mayor’s Day Pageant on the River Thames Approaching Westminster Bridge

1824

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Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 x 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17973
Turner Bequest CCVI 31 a

Catalogue entry

The drawings between folios 20 verso and 34 verso (D40967, D17979) include rapid studies and notes of barges, flags, costumes and bridges along the River Thames, and appear to record or relate to the Lord Mayor’s Day procession of 9 November 1824, as discussed in the sketchbook’s Introduction. Here there are three registers of rapid sketches. At the top barges approach what is probably Westminster Bridge from the north, as on folio 32 recto opposite (D17974); below are slight studies of City barges.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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