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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Old London Bridge above the Pool of London, from the Southwark Side with St Magnus the Martyr's Church and St Paul's Cathedral Beyond ?1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 17 Verso:
Old London Bridge above the Pool of London, from the Southwark Side with St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond ?1824
D17867
Turner Bequest CCV 17a
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 162 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of the more precise drawings of Old London Bridge in this sketchbook, showing it upstream to the west from near the south bank of the River Thames, continuing across folio 18 recto opposite (D17868). On the left here is the shot tower (now gone) near the bridge, with the pinnacles of Southwark Cathedral beyond the masts. The irregularities of the bridge’s various arches are carefully emphasised.
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

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Old London Bridge above the Pool of London, from the Southwark Side with St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond ?1824 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, December 2014, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-old-london-bridge-above-the-pool-of-london-from-the-r1172578, accessed 26 January 2021.