Joseph Mallord William Turner

City Barges in the Lord Mayor’s Day Pageant on the River Thames Approaching ?Westminster Bridge

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 x 160 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17972
Turner Bequest CCVI 31

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. Here a large City barge is approaching what appears from Turner’s inscription to be Westminster Bridge as the waterborne pageant approaches the Palace of Westminster (see folio 33 recto in particular; D17976).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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