Joseph Mallord William Turner

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


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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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 a

Catalogue entry

The drawings between folios 20 verso (D40967) and this page 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, here City barges are shown berthed off the Palace of Westminster for the Lord Mayor’s swearing-in. Westminster Hall is outlined on the left, with the towers of Westminster Abbey beyond. Above is a slight sketch of barges. Compare the sketches on folios 33 recto–34 recto (D17976–D17978); the subject is discussed in more detail under the first of these.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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