Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with the Shot Tower and Southwark Cathedral Beyond; Studies of a Barge, a Façade and an Arch of the Bridge


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Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 98 × 162 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCV 20 a

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The pencil sketches on the left-hand page of this book relate to a watercolour of 'Old London Bridge and Vicinity', now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, one of a group of views intended to illustrate a publication on London. The right-hand sheet is one of several monochrome studies in this book which show clouded sunsets. This and other watercolours of the period relate very closely to the preoccupations behind the series of mezzotints known as the 'Little Liber' (see cat.nos.22-25).

Gallery label, August 2004

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