Joseph Mallord William Turner

The Steeple of St Mary-the-Virgin, Oxford

1809

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 110 x 88 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07724
Turner Bequest CXI 84

Catalogue entry

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.

David Blayney Brown
May 2011

1
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).

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