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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: Figures inside the Marquee 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 71 Verso:
The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: Figures inside the Marquee 1825
D18804
Turner Bequest CCXIII 71a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 187 mm
Part watermark ‘nard | 20’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Figures are loosely and rapidly indicated here, presumably observed inside the marquee erected over the coffer-dam around the site of the southernmost pier of the new London Bridge, for the foundation stone ceremony held on the riverbed on 15 June 1825. The slight indication of a rectangular form may mark the stone itself.
This is the last of a sequence of hurried sketches, apparently made in the course of the ceremony, working backwards through the book from folio 78 verso (D18818). The event and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: Figures inside the Marquee 1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-the-london-bridge-foundation-stone-ceremony-figures-inside-r1172926, accessed 14 December 2017.