Joseph Mallord William Turner

London from Greenwich


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In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Support: 181 × 262 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CXVII D

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A design for the mezzotint in Turner's 'Liber Studiorum', a series of prints exemplifying the different categories of landscape art. Based on the painting 'London', of 1809 (in Room 108), the mezzotint was published in 1811. London is only a distant presence in this panoramic view from Greenwich Hill. The spires of the city churches, and the dome of St. Paul's, pierce a low canopy of cloud. Shipping on the river attests to the commercial energy of the metropolis. Inigo Jones's Queen's House and Wren's Royal Naval Hospital are seen in the middle distance.

Gallery label, September 2004

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