Joseph Mallord William Turner

Two Views of Oxford from North Hinksey

1839

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 140 × 235 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D28334
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 22 a

Catalogue entry

These two slight sketches were taken from the opposite side of the city to Headington Hill (see Tate D28304, D28324, D28325; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 7a, 17a, 18) from the village of North Hinksey. The drawing essentially represents the same prospect as is depicted in the highly finished watercolour Oxford, from North Hinksey of 1834–40 (Manchester City Galleries) and in a more abstract rendering of the view produced between 1837 and 1840 (Tate D25220; Turner Bequest CCLXIII 98).1 Turner scholar Eric Shanes proposes that the latter of these colour drawings was derived from the following pencil studies of Oxford in the First Mossel and Oxford sketchbook: Tate D28331–D28333, D28336–D283341; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 21–22, 23a–26.2

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

1
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.404 no.889.
2
Shanes 1997, p.87 no.80.

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