Joseph Mallord William Turner

Old London Bridge from the Southwark Side of the Pool of London, with St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and the Monument Beyond; the Tower of Southwark Cathedral

?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: 98 x 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17892
Turner Bequest CCV 34

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main view is to the north, with the downstream side of Old London Bridge in steep perspective from the River Thames; the Tower of St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and the Monument stand beyond on the north bank.
Towards the gutter and the other way up are a study of the tower of Southwark Cathedral and an enlarged detail of one of its lancet windows. As the cathedral is south-west of the bridge, these were probably drawn when Turner was sketching the upstream side on folio 33 verso opposite (D17891).
More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the river around the bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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