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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping off the Tower of London c.1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 65 Recto:
Shipping off the Tower of London circa 1825
Turner Bequest CV 57
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘St Michael Cornhill’ and ‘Bow’ above church towers, centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘57’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CV 57’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted, this subject continues on folio 64 verso (D07063; Turner Bequest CV 56a). The portion on this leaf repeats the view given in a cursory outline on folio 64 (D07062; Turner Bequest CV 56), with more attention to the City churches and St Paul’s Cathedral. For a similar double-page spread see the verso and folio 66 (D07065–D07066; Turner Bequest CV 57a-58). See Introduction to the sketchbook for plans in the mid 1820s for a series of London subjects, including the Custom House and the Tower.

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Shipping off the Tower of London c.1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, 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-off-the-tower-of-london-r1134596, accessed 27 May 2018.