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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: The Marquee beside Old London Bridge, with State Barges 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 7 Verso:
The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: The Marquee beside Old London Bridge, with State Barges 1825
D18719
Turner Bequest CCXIII 7a
Pencil on white wove paper, 113 x 187 mm
Part watermark ‘R Bar | 18’
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The marquee erected over the coffer-dam around the site of the southernmost pier of the new London Bridge, for the foundation stone ceremony held on the riverbed on 15 June 1825, is shown on the right from the south bank of the River Thames, with the Monument and the tower of St Magnus the Martyr’s Church beyond the bridge to the right of the centre. In the foreground are rapid indications of civic or City company barges involved in the day’s events. Compare the view on the recto (D18718).
The ceremony and other studies relating to it at the beginning and end of this sketchbook are discussed in the Introduction.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: The Marquee beside Old London Bridge, with State Barges 1825 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-the-london-bridge-foundation-stone-ceremony-the-marquee-r1172841, accessed 21 October 2021.