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 Boats 1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 8 Recto:
The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: The Marquee beside Old London Bridge, with Boats 1825
D18720
Turner Bequest CCXIII 8
Pencil on white wove paper, 187 x 113 mm
Part watermark ‘R Bar | 18’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Schoon’ above right of centre
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘8’ top right, ascending vertically
Stamped in black ‘CCXIII – 8’ top right, ascending vertically
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
With the page turned vertically, there are four slight sketches here, made around 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 of the Thames on 15 June 1825. At the top the structure is shown to the right with a group of figures, perhaps in boats, in the foreground; immediately below is slight view with the tent in the middle. Below a horizontal pencil line comes another view with the marquee on the left, and the Monument and the tower of St Magnus the Martyr to the north at the centre. Again separated by a horizontal line, the fourth sketch shows the arches of London Bridge looking east downstream, with the marquee on the right.
These are variations on the views on other pages at the beginning and end of this sketchbook; see the Introduction for a note of the others and a discussion of the event.

Matthew Imms
December 2014

How to cite

Matthew Imms, ‘The London Bridge Foundation Stone Ceremony: The Marquee beside Old London Bridge, with Boats 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-r1172842, accessed 21 October 2021.