Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford: Corpus Christi College and Merton Tower from the Back Gate of Christ Church


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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 183 × 255 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest VIII B

Catalogue entry

An almost identical view was drawn by D. Harris and engraved for the Oxford Almanack, 1792, by I. Taylor. Youngblood assumes that Turner borrowed his own viewpoint from this, but the connection is not certain. He also associates Turner’s sketch with a watercolour of the same scene in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, which has been attributed incorrectly to Turner.1 The style of this drawing belongs with that of the three Windsor views, Tate D00118–D00120 (Turner Bequest VII D, E, F).
The subject is noted on the blank verso (D40221) in a modern hand.
Luke Herrmann, Ruskin and Turner: A Study of Ruskin as a Collector of Turner, Based on his Gifts to the University of Oxford; Incorporating a Catalogue Raisonné of the Turner Drawings in the Ashmolean Museum, London 1968, p.105 no.94, pl.XLVIII E; Youngblood 1984, pl.7.
Technical notes:
There is a varnish stain to the lower right corner.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

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