Joseph Mallord William Turner

A Coffer-Dam and Piledrivers on the River Thames above Old London Bridge, with the Shot Tower Beyond

1824

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 100 × 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17953
Turner Bequest CCVI 21 a

Catalogue entry

This page shows the central arches of Old London Bridge from the west, looking down the River Thames. There is a brief continuation to the left on folio 20 verso (D40967), but the main focus in on construction work towards the south bank for the new London Bridge across folio 22 recto opposite (D17954), under which the subject is discussed.
Technical notes:
Either through a production fault or Turner’s tearing it out, the outer half is missing, leaving a rough edge; a slight continuation across to the previous verso (folio 20 verso; D40967) indicates that the leaf was already in this condition when the drawing was made.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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