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SM P247. ©Sir John Soane's Museum, London. Photo: Art UK
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George Jones RA (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: the picture features Sir John Soane himself, his housekeeper Sally Conduitt and other friends including Sir Francis Chantrey and J.M.W. Turner. The picture was supplied with a framed 'key' to those included which hangs beneath it. In the background is the Monument to the Great Fire of London.

Provenance help-art-provenance

Commissioned by Soane in 1831. He paid the artist for it on 17 August 1832 (correspondence in the Soane Archive).


Soane, Description, 1835, pp. 70 and 82
Bolton, Portrait, 1927, pp.475-477
S. Palmer, The Soane's at Home, 1998, p. 9 pl. 11
Dictionary of National Biography [Jones]
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 Academy of Arts, London, 1832
Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames, National Maritime Museum, London, 27 April - 9 September 2012

Associated items

P248, other part
SDR21.16, related material
SDR21.17, related material

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