Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the main drawing shows the marquee erected over the coffer-dam around the site of the southernmost pier of the new London Bridge, for the foundation stone ceremony held on the riverbed on 15 June 1825. Up-river to the north-west is the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral beyond Southwark Bridge. Compare the views on folio 82 recto opposite (D18824).
Above are notes and small sketches relating to the flags flying from the roof of the marquee, and there are more colour notes at the bottom right. The ceremony and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.
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