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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Distant View of Oxford 1839

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Folio 29 Recto:
Distant View of Oxford 1839
Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 29
Pencil on white wove drawing paper, 140 x 235 mm
Inscribed in red ink ‘29’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXXIX–29’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Orientated inversely to the foliation, this panoramic prospect of Oxford is taken from a similar viewpoint to Tate D28345; Turner Bequest CCLXXXIX 28 and shows the Radcliffe Camera, All Souls College, St Mary’s Church, and Christ Church College and the cathedral. Cottages frame the view at the left, guiding the eye to a serpentine path which leads down the hill towards the city.

Alice Rylance-Watson
August 2013

How to cite

Alice Rylance-Watson, ‘Distant View of Oxford 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-r1150628, accessed 29 February 2020.