Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, the Tower of London is seen from the River Thames, looking north-east, with the White Tower beyond to the right (slightly extending onto folio 35 verso opposite; D17822) and the cylindrical Byward Tower and Bell Tower at the centre. This is one of a number of sketches which informed Turner’s watercolour of the Tower of about 1825 (private collection),1 as discussed in the entry for folio 34 recto (D17819), the closest to the finished design.
John Ruskin’s customary red ink page number beside the later stamp is not readily apparent here, although those on other leaves of this sketchbook are generally very faint.
- townscapes / man-made features(21,653)
- London - non-specific(3,657)
- River Thames(733)