Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Lord Mayor’s Day Pageant on the River Thames at Blackfriars Bridge or Waterloo Bridge


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 100 × 160 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCVI 27

Catalogue entry

The drawings between folios 20 verso and 34 verso (D40967, D17979) include rapid studies and notes of barges, flags, costumes and bridges along the River Thames, and appear to record or relate to the Lord Mayor’s Day procession of 9 November 1824, as discussed in the sketchbook’s Introduction. Here two slight studies show boats under the regular arches of a bridge articulated by coupled columns; it could be either Blackfriars Bridge or Waterloo Bridge as they then were. The Lord Mayor’s short voyage up-river to Westminster began at the former and passed under the latter. See also folios 27 verso and 28 recto (D17965, D17966).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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