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- Watercolour on paper
- Support: 459 x 591 mm
- Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXIII 366
As Finberg suggested, this seems to be ‘another’ colour study of Blenheim Palace, near Oxford, and its extensive park, with reference to the alternative view (Tate D25488; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 365) which directly informed the finished watercolour Blenheim House and Park, Oxford of about 1832 (Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery),1 engraved in 1833 for the Picturesque Views in England and Wales (Tate impressions: T04599, T04600, T06101). The view is to the south-east, across the lake, and relates to two double-page pencil drawings in the 1830 Kenilworth sketchbook (Tate D21981–D21984; Tate CCXXXVIII 4a–5, 5a–6).2 Eric Shanes has described the present view as ‘idealised’, while D25488 would provide the ‘dramatic components and pictorial architecture’ of a figure scene exploring contemporary ‘class differences and social stress’.3
See also the introductions to the present subsection of identified subjects and the overall England and Wales ‘colour beginnings’ grouping to which this work has been assigned.
There are unrelated watercolour studies on the verso (D40489).