View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
There are some very rapid indications of figures here, and perhaps part of the interior structure of 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 various scribbled notes are almost wholly illegible, and no overall attempt at a transcription is attempted here. To the right of the centre, one word may be ‘Mayor’, indicating the position of the Lord Mayor of London, John Garratt.
This is one of a sequence of hurried sketches, apparently made in the course of the ceremony, working backwards through the book between folios 78 verso (D18818) and 71 verso (D18804). The event and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.