The Tower of London, engraved by W Miller, 1831

This print conveys a sense of the bustle of commercial and passenger traffic on the Thames in Turner’s time. A noteworthy detail is the presence of two steam packets, identifiable as the Talbot and the Lord Melville, both cross-channel ferries.

The image was probably created for a proposed series of prints showing Picturesque Views of London and its Environs. The stately presence of the Tower of London in the upper half of the engraving serves to establish the presence of history amongst the bustle of modern life.

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