J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Colour Sketch, Perhaps a View Near London Bridge c.1820

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Colour Sketch, Perhaps a View Near London Bridge circa 1820
Turner Bequest CLXX 12
Watercolour on off-white wove paper, 177 x 256 mm
Inscribed in red ink by John Ruskin ‘12’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CLXX – 12’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Executed in thin red, orange and grey watercolour, this sketch was evidently made at the same time as the watercolour sketches on folios 14 and 41 verso (D13828, D13856; CLXX 13, 40a). Like those studies, this one also features a tower and a groups of masts, and is likely to represent a view on the Thames near London Bridge. The three studies were either executed in front of the subject, or, perhaps more likely considering the wider range of colour and different approach, based on pencil and brown watercolour on-the-spot sketches of the Thames elsewhere in the sketchbook: folios 10, 11 and 43 (D13824, D13825, D13858; CLXX 9, 10, 42).

Thomas Ardill
August 2009

How to cite

Thomas Ardill, ‘Colour Sketch, Perhaps a View Near London Bridge c.1820 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2009, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-colour-sketch-perhaps-a-view-near-london-bridge-r1132312, accessed 16 October 2021.