Joseph Mallord William Turner

The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: Figures inside the Marquee

1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 x 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18804
Turner Bequest CCXIII 71 a

Catalogue entry

Figures are loosely and rapidly indicated here, presumably observed inside the marquee erected over the coffer-dam around the site of the southernmost pier of the new London Bridge, for the foundation stone ceremony held on the riverbed on 15 June 1825. The slight indication of a rectangular form may mark the stone itself.
This is the last of a sequence of hurried sketches, apparently made in the course of the ceremony, working backwards through the book from folio 78 verso (D18818). The event and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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