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View of University Park looking towards New College, Oxford

William Turner of Oxford (British, Black Bourton, Oxfordshire 1789–1862 Oxford)
after 1825
Watercolor over graphite
Overall: 8 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (21.6 x 38.4 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2000
Accession Number:
Not on view
William Turner, called "Turner of Oxford" after the town in which he worked, and to distinguish him from his better-known contemporary, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), developed a distinctive watercolor style. Here, the artist characteristically employs flat passages of brightly colored, fluid washes to achieve an exquisitely balanced composition. The distinctive Gothic spires, crenellated towers, and domes of New College, Oxford, seen from the north, rise beneath an expansive sky. A few figures punctuate the wide field that dominates the scene, with a scholar wearing a distinctive cap and gown walking at left, and two girls stooped at center to pick wildflowers.
Sir John Thompson (British)Sir John Thompson; London art market, 1999 (Spink-Leger Galleries).; Spink-Leger Pictures (London), exh. March 14-April 19, 2000, no. 74; Vendor: Spink-Leger Pictures (London)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," January 28, 2002–April 21, 2002.

Luke Herrmann "This Patient and Unassuming Master: William Turner of Oxford." Connoisseur. Connoisseur, Vol. 162, no.654, 1966.

Feeling Through the Eye: the 'New' Landscape in Britain 1800-1830. Sale cat. Spink-Leger Pictures, 2000, cat. no. 74, 89, ill.

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