J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Oxford; Moselle View with a Church and Flying Bridge 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 28 Recto:
Distant View of Oxford; Moselle View with a Church and Flying Bridge 1839
D28345
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28
Pencil on white wove drawing paper, 140 x 235 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘28’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXXIX–28’ bottom right
 
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
The larger of the two sketches is a distant view of Oxford, drawn inversely relative to the foliation. Turner has suggested the profiles of the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls College, St Mary’s Church, and Christ Church College and Cathedral. The viewpoint is similar to Tate D28347; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 29.
The remaining space has been used by Turner to record a basic linear profile of the Moselle valley, with a church at the water’s edge and a bridge of boats before it.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Distant View of Oxford; Moselle View with a Church and Flying Bridge 1839 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, November 2014, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-distant-view-of-oxford-moselle-view-with-a-church-and-flying-r1150626, accessed 17 January 2022.