Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Tower of London from the River Thames

c.1823–4

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 111 x 190 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17821
Turner Bequest CCIV 35

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the Tower of London is seen from the River Thames, looking north-east, with the White Tower at the centre, St Thomas’s Tower and Traitors’ Gate towards the right, and the clock tower of the former Grand Storehouse towards the left. At the top right is a thumbnail sketch of the Tower in the distance beyond shipping.
This is one of a number of sketches which informed Turner’s watercolour of the Tower of about 1825 (private collection),1 as discussed in the entry for folio 34 recto (D17819), the closest to the finished design.
For other London and Thames views in the present book, see under folio 2 recto (D17775).

Matthew Imms
November 2014

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.358 no.515.

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