Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 98 × 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCV 13

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are three related views here, made in the Pool of London looking up the River Thames to the north-west with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral common to all, and juxtaposed with the tower of St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and the Monument in the central sketch. The ships under full sail at the bottom right seem to form a separate study, while those at the bottom left are integrated in the scene with the bridge and cathedral.
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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