Joseph Mallord William Turner

Colour Sketch, Perhaps Near London Bridge

c.1820

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Dimensions
Support: 177 × 256 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D13856
Turner Bequest CLXX 40 a

Catalogue entry

Painted with the sketchbook inverted, this watercolour beginning relates to two other studies in the book (folios 13, 14; D13827, D13828; CLXX 12, 13), both of which share the palette of red and yellow (or orange) and grey, and have the same building shapes above a grey area of water. All three studies are likely to relate to sketches of the Custom House and London Bridge elsewhere in the sketchbook (folio 12; D13826; CLXX 11).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

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