Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford: The Interior of the Hall at Christ Church

c.1799

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 346 x 481 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D02351
Turner Bequest L J

Display caption

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.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry