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

Prints and Drawings Room

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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
D40967

Catalogue entry

Not recorded in Finberg’s 1909 Inventory,1 these slight pencil strokes continue the view of Old London Bridge from folio 21 verso (D17953), under which the subject is discussed. The outer half of that leaf was evidently already missing when Turner drew on it, carrying on a short way to the left across the present page with vertical and horizontal elements of the bridge.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
See A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, London 1909, vol.I, p.624.

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