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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Oxford: Part of Christ Church, with Tom Tower, from the Canons' Garden c.1798-9

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Oxford: Part of Christ Church, with Tom Tower, from the Canons’ Garden c.1798–9
D02363
Turner Bequest L V
Pencil on white laid paper, 236 x 192 mm
Watermark: horn in escutcheon, ‘G R 1795’
Inscribed by Turner in pencil ‘9’ and ‘2 ½’ top right
Inscribed ?not in Turner’s hand in pencil ‘[?Gall]’ bottom right, ascending vertically
Inscribed in pencil ‘L V’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘L – V’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
What was originally the other half of the sheet is Tate D02364 (Turner Bequest L W), with an interior view of Christ Church Hall, and it is possible that the inscription at the lower right here refers to that drawing. Both studies were used for finished watercolour views of Christ Church commissioned by Lord Stormont, later Earl of Mansfield, an alumnus of the college. Other subjects for Mansfield are based on studies in the South Wales sketchbook (Tate D00659; Turner Bequest XXVI 97) and the Smaller Fonthill sketchbook (Tate D02240; Turner Bequest XLVIII 5).
Verso:
Blank; inscribed by a later hand in pencil ‘Ch. Ch’; stamped in brown ink with Turner Bequest monogram.

Andrew Wilton
March 2013

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Oxford: Part of Christ Church, with Tom Tower, from the Canons’ Garden c.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-part-of-christ-church-with-tom-tower-from-the-canons-r1174109, accessed 22 September 2021.