Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats and Ships in the Pool of London near Old London Bridge, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 162 × 98 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCV 10 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has randomly placed various sketches of shipping on the River Thames in the vicinity of Old London Bridge, lightly indicated in the central study from the east with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral, the tower of St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and the Monument in outline on the right.

More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the River Thames around Old London Bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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