Joseph Mallord William Turner

Iffley, with Church

1839

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28343
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 27

Catalogue entry

In this drawing Turner shows the picturesque village of Iffley, which lies a few miles outside of the city of Oxford. An array of cottages, buildings and a watermill fill the foreground, interspersed with tall trees rendered in loose scalloped line. At right is the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, an original Norman construction dating back to 1170.1 Small jottings of what appear to be architectural detail have been drawn above the church tower.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
‘A Brief History’, St Mary’s Iffley, http://iffley.co.uk/architecture/visitors/, accessed 14 August 2013.

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