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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