View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
This panorama is based on the pencil drawing that Turner made in his Oxford sketchbook (Tate D00017; Turner Bequest II 7). Harrison suggests that the use of black ink outlines recalls the work of Paul Sandby, which Turner may well have had in mind at this time, along with that of other leading topographers. Hill describes it as a ‘first tentative attempt’ at panoramic landscape.
Blank; inscribed in blue ink: ‘II’; the old mount (now removed) bore an inscription by Ruskin in pencil, top left-hand corner: ‘The first view of Oxford | Oxford 177 –1’.