Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford; Architectural Details of the Queen’s College; Accounts (Inscriptions by Turner)

1809

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 88 x 110 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07670
Turner Bequest CXI 49

Catalogue entry

Drawn with the sketchbook inverted. From left to right the architectural details are a window, one of the alcoves and one of the recumbent lions flanking the gateway, all in the outer wall of the Queen’s College fronting the High Street.
See notes to folio 43 verso (D07659) for Oxford views in this sketchbook and their relationship to Turner’s picture View of the High-Street, Oxford painted for James Wyatt (Loyd Collection; on loan to the Ashmolean Museum Oxford).1 For Queen’s and its possible appearance in a companion picture see notes to folio 48 and verso (D07668, D07669).
At left, Turner has written transactions involving navy notes or bonds, consols (government stocks) and reduced annuities (all running vertically):
[In ink]  
Jan. 14              4406.      8.       10 
Navy 
[In pencil]           950      Con.  
       Red.          2283.      9.        3 
                     7639.     16.        3 
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).
Verso:
Blank

David Blayney Brown
April 2011

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