Joseph Mallord William Turner

The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: Near Old London Bridge

1825

In Tate Britain

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 113 × 187 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D18714
Turner Bequest CCXIII 5

Catalogue entry

This slight sketch shows the River Thames in the vicinity of Old London Bridge, perhaps with boats and operations relating to the upstream construction of the bridge’s replacement. The view is continued on folio 4 verso opposite (D18713), where the flags over the marquee for the new bridge’s foundation ceremony appear to be shown.
The ceremony and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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