William Turner of Oxford Peasants outside an Inn date not known

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Artist
Title
Peasants outside an Inn
Date Date not known
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 508 x 610 mm
Collection
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Acquisition Bequeathed by Richard and Catherine Garnons 1854
Reference
N02979
Not on display

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For city-dwellers, the rhythms of rural life seemed to be idyllic. Paintings representing life in the country showed people at rest more often than working. Country inns, in particular, seemed to epitomise the relaxed approach to life and work which country people were meant to enjoy. They also served to stress the importance of a sense of community which many felt was being lost in the modern day.

William Turner was a landscape specialist based in Oxford. Compared to the work of John Constable or George Robert Lewis, his paintings seem very old-fashioned.

September 2004

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