Joseph Mallord William Turner The City of London from the River Thames, and Riverside Buildings c.1808

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Title
The City of London from the River Thames, and Riverside Buildings
From Greenwich Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CII
Date c.1808
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 76 x 115 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D06761
Turner Bequest CII 21 a
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Catalogue entry

These sketches continue on folio 22 (D06762). They are not views of Greenwich, but of the City with St Paul’s Cathedral and other churches, seen from the Thames (above), and probably of the opposite bank in Southwark (below). The City view is similar to the panorama in the background of London (Tate N00483) exhibited at Turner’s Gallery in 1809;1 see Introduction to the sketchbook for its connections with this picture. A similar view is on folios 22 verso–23 (D05763–D05764).

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

1
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.69–70 no.97 (pl.104).

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