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George Jones (1786 - 1869)

The Opening of London Bridge, 1831


Oil on panel

Height: 127cm
Width: 107cm
Height (frame): 169cm
Width (frame): 151cm

Museum number: P247

Curatorial note

The Royal Procession at the opening of the New London Bridge on 1st August, 1831.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Commissioned by Soane in 1831 (correspondence in the Soane Archive): it features himself, his housekeeper and other friends including Chantrey and Turner. The picture was supplied with a framed 'key' to those included which hangs beneath it. Soane paid the artist for it on 17 August 1832. Exhbited Royal Academy 1832, no. 180.


Soane, Description, 1835, pp. 70 and 82
Bolton, Portrait, 1927, pp.475-477
Palmer, S., The Soane's at Home, 1998, p. 9 pl. 11
Warrell, Ian, 'Jones, George' in The Oxford Companion to J.M.W. Turner, 2001
New Description, 2007, pp. 82-83, 102, fig. 53

Exhibition history

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames, National Maritime Museum, London, 27 April - 9 September 2012
Royal Academy of Arts, London, 1832

Associated objects

P248, other part

If you have any further information about this object, please contact us: worksofart@soane.org.uk