Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford from Heddington Hill


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 140 × 235 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 17 a

Catalogue entry

Rendered swiftly with loose and fluid line, Turner took this view of Oxford from Headington Hill. The dome of Gibbs’s Radcliffe Camera (1737–49) can be seen at centre right followed by the spire of the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, the Gothic twin towers of Hawksmoor’s All Souls College, and the Magdalen College tower towards the left. The lower left part of the drawing continues onto the folio opposite (Tate D28325; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 18).
For other views of Oxford in this sketchbook see Tate D28304, D28325, D28326, D28340, D28345, D28347–D28349; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 7a, 18, 18a, 25a, 28, 29–30; see also A View of Oxford from the South Side of Heddington Hill, 1803–4 (Ashmolean Musem, Oxford).1

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.334 no.302; this drawing is also reproduced in colour in Colin Harrison, Turner’s Oxford, exhibition catalogue, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford 2000, p.27 fig.19, no.48a.

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