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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping at Low Tide off Thames Warehouses at Southwark, with St Paul's Cathedral Beyond c.1827

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 12 Verso:
Shipping at Low Tide off Thames Warehouses at Southwark, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond c.1827
D20752
Turner Bequest CCXXVII 12a
Pencil on white wove paper, 110 x 185 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘[Greys Grey]’ top left, ‘St Pauls and ‘S Duns’ towards top right, and ‘Wherry’ bottom left
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The rapidly sketched main drawing is inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, with a smaller study framed by pencil likes at the top right, reprising and extending the scene. The viewpoint is the Thames foreshore on the south bank below Old London Bridge, with shipping moored and beached at low tide, and various attendant figures. Upriver on the opposite bank to the north-west in the distance of the smaller view are the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral and the church spire of St Dunstan-in-the-East, the latter barely noticeable among the masts but for Turner’s note above it.
For other London views in this sketchbook, see under folio 10 verso (D20748).

Matthew Imms
November 2015

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Shipping at Low Tide off Thames Warehouses at Southwark, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond c.1827 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, November 2015, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2016, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-shipping-at-low-tide-off-thames-warehouses-at-southwark-with-r1182619, accessed 19 May 2024.