Joseph Mallord William Turner

Lord Mayor’s Day Parade, with Men-at-Arms, Horsemen and Pennants


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 x 160 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVI 26 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 part of the initial street procession is shown, with pikemen and figures on horseback in historical costume. In relation to the 1824 event, The Times reported:
The horses which drew his Lordship were very superbly caparisoned with green and yellow ribands, and emblazoned hammercloths. The two city marshals, although accustomed to the “soft phrase of peace,” looked most warlike. They headed the procession like triumphant heroes. The renowned men in armour followed, with their esquires in demi-military array, and their attendants in the costume of the days of Walworth. ... In the list, the second suit of armour is set down as having once covered the body of Henry V.1

Matthew Imms
December 2014

The Times, 10 November 1824, p.2.

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