Joseph Mallord William Turner

Market Street, Woodstock


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 120 × 203 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCXXXVIII 3

Catalogue entry

Gerald Wilkinson first correctly published this view as showing Woodstock,1 north-west of Oxford, which lies adjacent to the north-eastern side of Blenheim Park, not far from Blenheim Palace itself, shown on folio 2 verso opposite (D21978) and on subsequent pages. The subject had been earlier identified by A.J. Finberg (died 1939) and the watercolour and Turner scholar C.F. Bell (died 1966) in undated manuscript notes in copies of Finberg’s 1909 Inventory.2
Turner’s vantage point is the corner of Oxford Street, as the main Oxford-Chipping Norton road is known at this point, looking west along Market Street, with the tower of St Mary Magdalene Church in Park Street terminating the view; the building in the right foreground is the King’s Arms Hotel. The scene remains recognisable, although the row of houses on the left has been somewhat altered and the building with a tower or cupola, on the near side of the surviving town hall, has been replaced.
At the top right are details of the church tower: a pinnacle and a classical arched window with carved swags below and a pinnacle.

Matthew Imms
August 2013

Wilkinson 1975, p.48.
A.J. Finberg, undated MS notes in a copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, vol.II, p.729; C.F. Bell, undated MS notes in another copy at the same location, vol.II, p.729.

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