Turner Bequest CCCLXV 24
Watermark ‘J Whatman | 1837’
Inscribed in red ink ‘24’ bottom right
Stamped in black ‘CCCLXV – 24’ bottom right
As Eric Shanes notes,1 this is one of four Oxford colour studies which are closely related physically. The present work (watermarked 1837) and Tate D25218 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 96) have matching serrations at the bottom of their respective compositions where the original super royal-format sheet was torn in half. The two were worked up on opposite faces of the overall sheet, presumably after it was halved, as there is no overlap of watercolour wash from the front of one to the back of the other. All of the above applies to Tate D25220 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 98) and Tate D25217 (Turner Bequest CCLXIII 95), also originally a single sheet. Shanes observes that ‘all four drawings manifest extremely similar serrations that resulted from the two super royal sheets being torn in half simultaneously’.2 He also suggests that their ‘distinctive, shared characteristics’, along with those of a fifth Oxford study, Tate D36316 (Turner Bequest CCCLXV 26, watermarked 1837), indicate that they ‘may have been made during the same work session’.3
Very slight, loose vertical and horizontal pencil lines hit at architecture at the centre of the composition.
Blank, save for inscriptions: in pencil by ?Turner ‘38’ in circle at centre; and stamped in black with Turner Bequest monogram above ‘CCCLXV – 24’ bottom right.
How to cite
Matthew Imms, ‘The Grounds of New College, Oxford c.1837–9 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, December 2013, https://www