Joseph Mallord William Turner

Shipping in the Pool of London; Old London Bridge with Southwark Cathedral Beyond


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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 15

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are two studies of essentially the same subject here. At the top is a view up the River Thames past shipping towards the barely indicated Old London Bridge, with the tower of Southwark Cathedral to the south-west. Below is the same view without shipping, with the bridge shown in a little more detail, albeit still slight.
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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