Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Custom House, London, from the River Thames

c.1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 353 x 488 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D25222
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 100

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A proliferation of illustrated publications on London in the early 1820s seems to have encouraged Turner to execute his own watercolours for a London project instigated by W.B.Cooke. Four finished watercolours are known including one of the Custom House. This study also shows the Thames-side building which had been expanded on the river front in 1825 by Sir Robert Smirke, who was a friend of Turner.

Gallery label, August 2004

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