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 18

Catalogue entry

Orientated inversely relative to the foliation, this sketch shows the city of Oxford taken from Headington Hill. The view is similar to that on the folio opposite (Tate D28324; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 17a), however more of the skyline is suggested. The dome of the Radcliffe Library can be seen at right followed by the University Church of St Mary, All Souls College, Magdalen College, the cathedral and Christ Church College.
For other views of Oxford in this sketchbook see Tate D28304, D28324, D28326, D28340, D28345, D28347–D28349; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 7a, 17a, 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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