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

ISBN 978-1-84976-386-8

Joseph Mallord William Turner Oxford: Tom Tower, Christ Church c.1793-4

Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Oxford: Tom Tower, Christ Church c.1793–4
Turner Bequest XIV A
Pencil on white wove paper, 414 x 272 mm
Blind-stamped with Turner Bequest monogram towards bottom centre
Stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram and ‘XIV A’ bottom right
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
This is a tracing, on a larger sheet, from Tate D00155 (Turner Bequest XIV B), with the elements slightly separated, presumably to create a larger design, as in Tate D00685 (Turner Bequest XXVII X). Finberg1 suggested that the small view (D00155) was the final version of this subject, but it is evidently the source of the tracing. It seems to be earlier and does not incorporate the adjustments indicated in the tracing. For another tracing of about this date on similar paper see Tate D00149 (Turner Bequest XIII D).
Finberg 1909, I, p.18.
Technical notes:
The sheet has been folded vertically 45 mm from right edge.

Andrew Wilton
April 2012

How to cite

Andrew Wilton, ‘Oxford: Tom Tower, Christ Church c.1793–4 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, April 2012, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www.tate.org.uk/art/research-publications/jmw-turner/joseph-mallord-william-turner-oxford-tom-tower-christ-church-r1141177, accessed 08 August 2022.