Joseph Mallord William Turner

Wharves and Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond; Study of a Sailor’s Costume; the Tower of Southwark Cathedral


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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 17

Catalogue entry

Across the middle of the page is a continuation of the view west to Old London Bridge on folio 16 verso (D17865); on this page the Monument is seen beyond the masts on the left, and the roofline of the classical Custom House (now gone) is lightly indicated. At the top centre, framed by pencil lines, is a thumbnail sketch of shipping, with a study of a sailor’s hooped jacket at the top right. Inverted at the bottom right are separate studies of a sailing boat and the upper stage and pinnacles of the tower of Southwark Cathedral.
More than half the drawings in this sketchbook show the River Thames around Old London Bridge, and are likely to date from 1824; see the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

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