Joseph Mallord William Turner

Oxford: ?Magdalen Tower with Other Buildings and Trees


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Graphite on paper
Support: 196 × 412 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest XLVIII 7

Catalogue entry

This tentative sketch seems to show some of Oxford’s prominent buildings in silhouette: to the left, the spire of St Mary’s Church and the dome of the Radcliffe Camera, and to the right, perhaps the tower of Magdalen College Chapel. It is possible that the drawing, like several others in this sketchbook, is not in Turner’s hand (see introductory note). A very slight sketch on the verso (D40259) notes two of the same buildings. Turner scholar C.F. Bell identified the viewpoint as the Bank of the Cherwell near the Iffley Road.1
C.F. Bell (died 1966), undated MS note in copy of Finberg 1909, Tate Britain Prints and Drawings Room, I, p.123.
Technical notes:
This is a half-sheet, torn lengthways.

Andrew Wilton
May 2013

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