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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with St Paul's Cathedral Beyond ?1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 13 Recto:
Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with St Paul’s Cathedral Beyond ?1824
D17858
Turner Bequest CCV 13
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 162 mm
Part watermark ‘lls | 1’
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘13’ top left, upside down
Stamped in black ‘CCV – 13’ top left, upside down
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Inverted relative to the sketchbook’s foliation, there are three related views here, made in the Pool of London looking up the River Thames to the north-west with the dome of St Paul’s Cathedral common to all, and juxtaposed with the tower of St Magnus the Martyr’s Church and the Monument in the central sketch. The ships under full sail at the bottom right seem to form a separate study, while those at the bottom left are integrated in the scene with the bridge and 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

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with 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-shipping-in-the-pool-of-london-below-old-london-bridge-with-r1172569, accessed 02 March 2021.