The view is to the west from the Plain over Magdalen Bridge over the Cherwell, with Magdalen College on the right and the High Street beyond. The foreground now obscured by trees. There are various isolated architectural details at the top left.
Turner worked repeatedly around Oxford in his early career, and returned periodically.1 The college and bridge are seen in a drawing of 1793 (Tate D00127; Turner Bequest XI B) and two watercolour versions in the British Museum, London2 and the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester.3 Later views include those in the Rhine, Strassburg and Oxford sketchbook (Tate D04755, D04769; Turner Bequest LXXVII 19, 29a) from the early 1800s.
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