Joseph Mallord William Turner Oxford: The Interior of the Hall at Christ Church c.1798–1800

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Oxford: The Interior of the Hall at Christ Church
Date c.1798–1800
Medium Graphite on paper
Dimensions Support: 352 x 483 mm
Acquisition Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest L J
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Turner first carefully ruled a framework of guidelines, based on a vanishing point just below the bust on the wall at the left. He then added details of the architecture. But this procedure is not a full method of perspective: there is no indication that Turner used measurements or a plan of the building, nor that he calculated the recession to take full account of his viewing position.

August 2004

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