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 Southwark Cathedral Beyond; Arches of the Bridge ?1824

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 21 Verso:
Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with Southwark Cathedral Beyond; Arches of the Bridge ?1824
D17875
Turner Bequest CCV 21a
Pencil on white wove paper, 98 x 162 mm
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The main view is south-west from the Pool of London, looking past foreground shipping and figures up the River Thames to Old London Bridge, with the tower of St Olave’s Church, the adjacent shot tower and the tower of Southwark Cathedral in outline beyond. At the top left is a slight, inverted study of part of the bridge, while a separate study of boats appears at the top right.
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.
Technical notes:
There is prominent brown mottling to the upper half of the page, perhaps from proximity to the watercolour study on folio 22 recto opposite (D17876).

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘Shipping in the Pool of London below Old London Bridge, with Southwark Cathedral Beyond; Arches of the Bridge ?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-r1172586, accessed 01 December 2020.