Joseph Mallord William TurnerWaterloo Bridge and Somerset House, with Detail of a Buoy c.1825

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Artist
Title
Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House, with Detail of a Buoy
From Tabley No.3 Sketchbook
Turner Bequest CV
Date c.1825
MediumGraphite on paper
Dimensionssupport: 108 x 185 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07096
Turner Bequest CV 73
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Catalogue entry

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 83 Recto:
Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House, with Detail of a Buoy circa 1825
D07096
Turner Bequest CV 73
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘B White’ by a buoy, top centre, ‘Bargemen | are Cautioned to Ground on the Pile’ and ‘W Black’ upper right
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘73’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CV 73’ top left, inverted
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, the view of Waterloo Bridge continues on folio 28 verso (D07095; Turner Bequest 72a). Somerset House is seen on the left, and in the river in the foreground is a large buoy which is also drawn in a detail above. Turner has transcribed a warning notice to bargemen, one of whom is seen at left. See Introduction for plans in the mid 1820s for a series of London subjects, including London Bridge, the Custom House and the Tower. For Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House, see note to folio 81 (D07092; Turner Bequest CV 71).

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

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