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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House c.1825

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 81 Recto:
Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House circa 1825
Turner Bequest CV 71
Pencil on white wove paper, 108 x 185 mm
Inscribed by John Ruskin in red ink ‘71’ top left, inverted
Stamped in black ‘CV 71’ top left, inverted
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. See Introduction to the sketchbook for plans in the mid 1820s for a series of London subjects, including London Bridge, the Custom House and the Tower. Turner may have intended to include these additional subjects, Somerset House, the home of the Royal Academy, and John Rennie’s Waterloo Bridge (1811–16; renamed from Strand Bridge and formally opened in 1817). There are a number of views of the bridge on the following pages, the most detailed being on folio 88 (D07106; Turner Bequest CV 78).

David Blayney Brown
June 2010

How to cite

David Blayney Brown, ‘Waterloo Bridge and Somerset House c.1825 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, June 2010, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-waterloo-bridge-and-somerset-house-r1134627, accessed 16 January 2021.