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For views of Oxford in this sketchbook, associated with Turner’s work for James Wyatt, see Introduction and notes to folio 43 verso (D07659), depicting the same subject. This is a rather more detailed drawing of part of the steeple, in which it appears more slender. Turner’s correspondence with Wyatt, who thought that Turner had initially made the spire appear too squat in his View of the High-Street, Oxford (Loyd Collection; on loan to the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford)1 is cited under D07659.
Martin Butlin and Evelyn Joll, The Paintings of J.M.W. Turner, revised ed., New Haven and London 1984, pp.73–4 no.102 (pl.109).