Joseph Mallord William Turner

Boats in the Pool of London, with Old London Bridge and Southwark Cathedral 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: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17908
Turner Bequest CCV 42 a

Catalogue entry

Beyond the boats in the foreground, Old London Bridge is seen up the River Thames with the tower of Southwark Cathedral to the south-west. Compare the left-hand side of the 1824 watercolour known as The Port of London (Victoria and Albert Museum, London),1 engraved in 1827 as Old London Bridge and Vicinity (Tate impression: T06070); see the overall Introduction to the present Thames-related section.
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 sketchbook’s Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.358 no.514, reproduced.

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