Joseph Mallord William Turner

Inscription by Turner: Notes on Flags at the London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony

1825

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 187 × 113 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18820
Turner Bequest CCXIII 79 a

Catalogue entry

With the page turned vertically, Turner has made some rapid notes which appear to relate to the flags flown over the marquee erected on the coffer-dam around the site of the southernmost pier of the new London Bridge, for the foundation stone ceremony held on the riverbed on 15 June 1825.
The ceremony and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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