Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford: The Front of Christ Church

1795

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 203 x 264 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00659
Turner Bequest XXVI 97

Catalogue entry

This leaf, which belongs to the 1795 South Wales tour, may be the missing ‘XXVI 70’ noted by Finberg1 (see the concordance in the sketchbook’s introduction); the style both of the drawing and the partial watercolour finishing, as well as of the neat inscription, conforms to Turner’s practice on that tour. See also folio 83 recto (D00653; Turner Bequest XXVI 91).
The drawing was the basis for the finished watercolour (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa),2 probably executed for Lord Mansfield in about 1796 as the first of a group of four views of Christ Church made for Mansfield, an alumnus of the college who went down in that year. See also Tate D02237 and D02240 (Turner Bequest XLVIII 2, 5).
The drawing was made with the page turned horizontally.
1
Finberg 1909, I, p.52, XXVI 70, as ‘Missing’.
2
Wilton 1979, p.317 no.165, reproduced.
Verso:
Blank; stained and discoloured.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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