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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Oxford: Canterbury Gate, Christ Church 1798-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Oxford: Canterbury Gate, Christ Church 1798–9
Turner Bequest CXIX E
Pencil, 197 x 316 mm
Inscribed by Turner in pencil with letters and numerals in the drawing
Inscribed in red ink ‘CXXII, E’ (crossed through in pencil, with ‘CXIX’ inscribed in pencil above) towards bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CXIX – E’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Listed by Finberg as ‘Façade of a late Renaissance building’,1 this diagrammatic sketch was identified by Patrick Youngblood as showing the Canterbury Gate of Christ Church, of which Turner made a finished watercolour for Lord Stormont (private collection).2 Youngblood assigned the finished work a date of around 1795 but it is clearly later, executed at the same time as the view of Tom Tower from the Canons’ Garden (Tate D02363; Turner Bequest L V) at the very end of the decade.
Finberg 1909, I, p.325.
Andrew Wilton, J.M.W. Turner: His Life and Work, Fribourg 1979, p.334 no.306, reproduced.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Oxford: Canterbury Gate, Christ Church 1798–9 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, March 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, April 2015, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-oxford-canterbury-gate-christ-church-r1174110, accessed 22 September 2021.