Joseph Mallord William Turner

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

?1824

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 98 × 162 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D17869
Turner Bequest CCV 18 a

Catalogue entry

While omitting the south bank of the River Thames on the left, this is a similar view to that on folios 17 verso–18 recto (D17867, D17868), showing the view north-west across the River Thames to Old London Bridge, with the north bank continued on folio 19 recto opposite (D17870). The numbers above sections of the bridge presumably refer to some aspect of its stonework. At the top left is a detail of the adjacent tower of St Olave’s Church (now gone).
More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the River Thames around Old London Bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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