Joseph Mallord William Turner

Studies of the Arches of Old London Bridge

?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
D17890
Turner Bequest CCV 33

Catalogue entry

Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the study across the middle of the page, showing the downstream side of London Bridge from the east, continues across folio 32 verso opposite (D17889). The arches towards the southern end are shown above; compare the sequence of arches on folio 2 verso (D17837) and the elevation on folios 34 verso–35 recto and 35 verso (D17893–D17895).
More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the River Thames around the bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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