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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.

August 2004