J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

Joseph Mallord William Turner London: St Dunstan-in-the-East from the Thames near the Custom House c.1805-6

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
London: St Dunstan-in-the-East from the Thames near the Custom House circa 1805–6
D05786
Turner Bequest XCIII 13
Pen and ink on white wove paper, prepared with a grey wash, 171 x 262 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ bottom left, descending vertically
Stamped in black ‘XCIII 13’ bottom left, descending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
For Turner’s views of the Pool and City of London in this sketchbook see note to folio 12 (D05785). This slight sketch is one of three including St Dunstan-in-the-East, an ancient church with a Gothic steeple by Sir Christopher Wren; others with more surrounding detail are folios 14 and 15 (D05788, D05789). Here the church is seen above wharves and steps leading down to the riverside. As Hill observes, the viewpoint is from the water, and is probably from a boat near the Custom House.

David Blayney Brown
October 2007

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘London: St Dunstan-in-the-East from the Thames near the Custom House c.1805–6 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, October 2007, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, http://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-london-st-dunstan-in-the-east-from-the-thames-near-the-r1130008, accessed 21 April 2014.