Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford: Christ Church, with Tom Tower


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Graphite on paper
Support: 207 x 266 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest L X

Catalogue entry

This rough sketch shows a distant view of Christ Church from the meadows. There is a possible link with the finished watercolour (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)1 for the 1799 Oxford Almanack (Tate impressions: T05919, T05920) and the study for it in the Smaller Fonthill sketchbook (Tate D02237; Turner Bequest XLVIII 2). For the dating of this drawing and contemporary views in the Oxford area, see under Tate D02358 (Turner Bequest L Q).
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.333 no.295, reproduced.
Technical notes:
This is one of a sequence of sixteen Yorkshire and other subjects included in the present subsection which were executed on uniform sheets of paper, as discussed and listed in the Introduction. Unusually in that sequence, it makes use of pencil shading to achieve a tone on Tom Tower.
Blank; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram (stamp partly erased).

Andrew Wilton
January 2013

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