Joseph Mallord William Turner

City Barges in the Lord Mayor’s Day Pageant on the River Thames and off the Palace of Westminster


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 160 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVI 34

Catalogue entry

The drawings between folios 20 verso and 34 verso (D40967, D17979) include rapid studies and notes of barges, flags, costumes and bridges along the River Thames, and appear to record or relate to the Lord Mayor’s Day procession of 9 November 1824, as discussed in the sketchbook’s Introduction. Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are five sketches here in three bands. At the top left is a reprise of more detailed sketches on folios 33 recto and verso and the verso of the present page (D17976, D17977, D17979), with City barges arriving for the Lord Mayor’s swearing-in at the Palace of Westminster; at the top right is a slighter version still. At the centre left a barge or barges pass under an arch, presumably at Westminster Bridge; to the right seems to be another version of the main theme, and the thumbnail sketch at the bottom left appears to show a further aspect of the scene.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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