Joseph Mallord William Turner

Christ Church, Oxford, from Merton Fields

c.1790

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 298 x 384 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D00115
Turner Bequest VIII A

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Oxford was among the first cities outside London that Turner visited, and always retained a special place in his affections. The great clock tower of Christ Church College is seen from outside Pembroke College, from what is now Pembroke Square. As so often in his Oxford views, the lively foreground figures include types drawn from both 'town' and 'gown'.

Gallery label, May 1993

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