Joseph Mallord William Turner

Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House

c.1825

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07092
Turner Bequest CV 71

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. See Introduction to the sketchbook for plans in the mid 1820s for a series of London subjects, including London Bridge, the Custom House and the Tower. Turner may have intended to include these additional subjects, Somerset House, the home of the Royal Academy, and John Rennie’s Waterloo Bridge (1811–16; renamed from Strand Bridge and formally opened in 1817). There are a number of views of the bridge on the following pages, the most detailed being on folio 88 (D07106; Turner Bequest CV 78).

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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