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

Joseph Mallord William Turner London: York House Water-Gate, Westminster, with York Buildings Waterworks 1794-5

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
London: York House Water-Gate, Westminster, with York Buildings Waterworks 1794–5
D00684
Turner Bequest XXVII W
Pencil and watercolour on white wove paper, 298 x 419 mm
Stamped in black ‘XXVII W’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This sheet is a remarkable document of Turner’s technical advance in the year 1794. The background houses are seen through an urban vapour very subtly rendered. The hugger-mugger combination of classical architecture, vernacular building and the multifarious life of wharf and riverside is a characteristic Turnerian theme; see Tate D00171 and D00373 (Turner Bequest XVI I, XXII T). For another London view exhibiting new technical facility see Tate D00696 (Turner Bequest XXVIII K).
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Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘London: York House Water-Gate, Westminster, with York Buildings Waterworks 1794–5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-london-york-house-water-gate-westminster-with-york-buildings-r1140338, accessed 29 December 2014.