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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping at Waterloo Bridge c.1820

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 10 Recto:
Shipping at Waterloo Bridge circa 1820
Turner Bequest CLXX 9
Pencil and watercolour on off-white wove paper, 177 x 256 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘9’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXX – 9’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
From three or four hundred yards to the south-west this study looks north-east along a bend in the Thames towards Waterloo Bridge with Somerset House at the left and St Paul’s Cathedral in the distance at the right. The foreground is crowded with boats, one of which contains a figure holding a paddle or spar. The sketch was made with brown watercolour wash and pencil, with the bridge and Somerset House marked in pencil, but the boats and sky painted in wash. There are further sketches around Waterloo Bridge on folios 6–9 (D13820–D13823; CLXX 5–8).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Shipping at Waterloo Bridge c.1820 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-shipping-at-waterloo-bridge-r1132309, accessed 21 September 2017.