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

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Artist
Title
The City of London from the River Thames, and Riverside Buildings
From Greenwich Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CII
Date c.1808
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 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

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso:
The City of London from the River Thames, and Riverside Buildings circa 1808
D06761
Turner Bequest CII 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 76 x 115 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
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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