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

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Joseph Mallord William Turner Oxford: Looking South along the Cornmarket to Christ Church c.1798

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Oxford: Looking South along the Cornmarket to Christ Church c.1798
D00665
Turner Bequest XXVII D
Pencil on white wove paper, 212 x 261 mm
Watermark ‘J Whatman 1794’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘Roe Buck’ top left, ‘Randall | Robertson | Hat Manufacty | [?Forster] | Brandy Merchant’ towards top right, ‘8’ and ‘X’ in the drawing, and ‘PROBAT’ towards bottom left on fascia
Inscribed in pencil ‘XXVII. D’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘XXVII D’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is one of the sequence of pencil studies that Turner made in the streets of Oxford, presumably about the time he was commencing work on the Oxford Almanack commission (see the Introduction to this subsection). Buildings in the right foreground are recorded as a separate sketch at right angles at the top corner.
Verso:
Blank; a grey paint spot; inscribed by a later hand in pencil ‘15’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Oxford: Looking South along the Cornmarket to Christ Church c.1798 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-looking-south-along-the-cornmarket-to-christ-church-r1174101, accessed 21 September 2021.