Joseph Mallord William Turner Oxford; The Interior of Christ Church Cathedral, Looking past the Crossing and Organ Screen into the Chancel ?c.1798

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Artist
Title
Oxford; The Interior of Christ Church Cathedral, Looking past the Crossing and Organ Screen into the Chancel
Date ?c.1798
Medium Gouache, pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 678 x 501 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02348
Turner Bequest L G
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This is an extremely rare example of Turner breaking the rules of perspective to show horizontal lines parallel to the picture plane as converging. According to the rules of perspective all such lines should be represented by lines that are horizontal on the surface of the picture. However, Turner has shown the upper horizontal parts of the nave and transept sloping down to a vanishing point outside the left edge of the painting.

September 2004

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