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PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF JOHN EDWARD TAYLOR (1830-1905)

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD, FROM THE MEADOWS
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
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PROPERTY OF A DESCENDANT OF JOHN EDWARD TAYLOR (1830-1905)

Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD, FROM THE MEADOWS
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 25,000 GBP
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Details & Cataloguing

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Joseph Mallord William Turner, R.A.
LONDON 1775 - 1851
MERTON COLLEGE, OXFORD, FROM THE MEADOWS
Watercolour over pencil;
inscribed in pen and brown ink verso: Merlon [sic] College. Oxford
253 by 399 mm.
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Provenance

John Edward Taylor (1830-1905);
his executor's sale, London, Christie's, 8 July 1912, lot 105, bt. Agnew's on behalf of John Edward Taylor Allen (1864-1919), John Edward Taylor’s nephew;
thence by family descent to the present owner  

Exhibited

London, Agnew's, Exhibition of water-colour drawings by Turner, Cox, and de Wint, 1924, no. 73;
London, Agnew's, Centenary Exhibition of water colour drawings by J.M.W. Turner, 1951, no. 16;
London, Agnew's, 150th Anniversary Exhibition, 1967, no. 36;
Wakefield, Wakefield Art Galleries and Museums, 1988 (on loan)

Literature

A.J. Finberg, A Complete Inventory of the Drawings of the Turner Bequest…, vol. 1, London 1909, pp. 123-4;
A. Wilton, The Life and Work of J.M.W. Turner, Fribourg 1979, p. 346, no. 408

Catalogue Note

In this tranquil watercolour, Turner stands in the water meadows which form part of the grounds of Magdalen College, Oxford. He looks to the south-west, towards the city center, showing Merton College on the left, with the tower of the College Chapel framed by large trees. To the right, the spire of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin pierces the sky, while to its right, the dome of the Radcliffe Camera can just be made out.

Painted on a sheet of wove paper which is watermarked: 1794 / J Whatman, the watercolour once formed part of the so-called Smaller Fonthill Sketchbook.1 Despite its name, Turner mainly used this album during his tour of Scotland in 1801, but it also contains a number of ‘on-the-spot’ studies of Oxford, which may date from two or three years earlier.

This watercolour once belonged to John Edward Taylor (1830-1905) and has not been made available for sale since his executor’s sale at Christie’s in July 1912. For further information on J.E. Taylor please see lot 405. We are very grateful to Ian Warrell for his help when cataloguing this lot.

1. Tate, Britain, Turner Bequest XLVIII

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