Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
T01020 The Radcliffe Library, Oxford c.1792
Inscribed ‘Ratcliffe Library Oxford’ b.c., reinforced.
Pencil on paper, irregular, 10¾ x 8¿ (27.25 x 21).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1968.
Coll:...; Stokes;...; Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T00964.
This drawing is similar in style and dimensions to two other pencil drawings of Oxford in the British Museum, one inscribed ‘Magdalen Tower and Bridge’, the other ‘Entrance to Christ Church – from Peckwater Colledge, Oxon’ (Turner Bequest XI – B and XI – C). The first was used for the finished watercolour dated 1794 (Whitworth Institute, University of Manchester). A J Finberg, in his Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest, 1909, l, p. 14, dates the two drawings c. 1792.
Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.