Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping on the River Thames, with St Paul’s Cathedral in the Distance

c.1829–30

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 89 x 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D22527
Turner Bequest CCXLI 55 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned horizontally, this slight sketch shows shipping with London Bridge and St Paul’s Cathedral in the distance. The scrawled inscription on the left may relate to the boats.
There are similar studies on the recto and folio 56 recto opposite (D22526, D22528). Given the Margate drawings elsewhere in this book, Turner perhaps had a moment to make these studies when leaving or returning on one of the steamers used on the route to the resort down the Thames Estuary (see the Introduction).

Matthew Imms
May 2014

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