Joseph Mallord William Turner

Distant View of Oxford; Moselle View with a Church and Flying Bridge

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 x 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28345
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28

Catalogue entry

The larger of the two sketches is a distant view of Oxford, drawn inversely relative to the foliation. Turner has suggested the profiles of the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls College, St Mary’s Church, and Christ Church College and Cathedral. The viewpoint is similar to Tate D28347; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 29.
The remaining space has been used by Turner to record a basic linear profile of the Moselle valley, with a church at the water’s edge and a bridge of boats before it.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

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