• View on the Thames from Southwark Bridge looking towards London Bridge -
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    signed lower left: Yates 1832

    watercolour heightened with touches of bodycolour

    31.6 by 55.6cm, 11 1/2 by 21 3/4 inches

     

    This shows the newly built London Bridge which was opened on 1st August 1831 by William IV and Queen Adelaide. It was built by Sir John Rennie to the design of his father and was positioned upstream from the old bridge which is visible in the present watercolour but was soon taken down. Rennie?s bridge was sold and replaced in the 1970s and re-erected in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

     

    On the south bank stands Southwark Cathedral with, on the north bank, the Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 built in 1671-77 and the spire of the Church of St Magnus Martyr behind the Fishermongers? Hall. Beyond is the distinctive spire of the Church of St Dunstan in the East with the Tower of London in the distance.

  • View on the Thames from Southwark Bridge looking towards London Bridge -
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    signed lower left: G. Yates 1830

    watercolour over pencil with original pen and ink border

    31 x 55.7 cm., 12 x 21 ? inches

     

    This shows the newly built London Bridge which was opened on 1st August 1831 by William IV and Queen Adelaide. This watercolour is dated 1830 before the official opening. It was built by Sir John Rennie to the design of his father and was positioned upstream from the old bridge, which is visible in the present watercolour, but was taken down in 1832-33. A watercolour by Yates dated 1832 which shows the old bridge being dismantled was with Guy Peppiatt Fine Art in 2008 (now private collection). Rennie?s bridge was sold in the 1970s and re-erected in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

     

    On the south bank stands Southwark Cathedral with, on the north bank, the Monument to the Great Fire of 1666 built in 1671-77, and the spire of the Church of St Magnus Martyr behind the Fishmongers? Hall.  Beyond is the distinctive spire of the Church of St Dunstan in the East with the Tower of London in the distance.

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