Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford: Christ Church from the River

?1798–9

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 262 x 415 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D08262
Turner Bequest CXXI G

Display caption

Just after the turn of the century Turner made finished watercolours of the city and colleges of Oxford, for engraving as illustrations for the annual University Calendar or 'Almanack'. They represent the climax of his first phase as an architectural draughtsman. This view of Christ Church and Tom Tower across the meadows at dusk is more atmospheric than these commissioned designs. Its breadth of handling and composition relate to the work of Turner's early friend Thomas Girtin.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

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