Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of the Arches of Old London Bridge


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Graphite on paper
Support: 98 x 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCV 32 a

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the study across the middle of the page, showing the downstream side of London Bridge from the east, continues across folio 33 recto opposite (D17890). The arches towards the northern end are shown below, with isolated details at the top. Numbers indicate details of the masonry. Compare the sequence of arches on folio 2 verso (D17837), and the elevation on folios 34 verso–35 recto and 35 verso (D17893–D17895).
More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the River Thames around the bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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