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 28

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 boats are shown passing under a bridge with slight indications of 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 recto and verso (D17964, D17965); the latter apparently shows the same bridge.
In the centre above are details of banners and associated notes: ‘Draper yellow Boat’, ‘[?Draper] yellow’ and ‘Red’.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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