Joseph Mallord William Turner

London: St Dunstan-in-the-East from the Thames near the Custom House

c.1805–6

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Medium
Pen and ink on paper
Dimensions
Support: 171 x 262 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D05786
Turner Bequest XCIII 13

Catalogue entry

For Turner’s views of the Pool and City of London in this sketchbook see note to folio 12 (D05785). This slight sketch is one of three including St Dunstan-in-the-East, an ancient church with a Gothic steeple by Sir Christopher Wren; others with more surrounding detail are folios 14 and 15 (D05788, D05789). Here the church is seen above wharves and steps leading down to the riverside. As Hill observes, the viewpoint is from the water, and is probably from a boat near the Custom House.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

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