`Turner's Oxford' at Ashmolean

Pic by Turner The Ashmolean Museum is hosting a major loan exhibition, `Turner's Oxford', from 20 June to 1 September, sponsored by Coutts & Co, and Darbys, Mallam, Lewis Solicitors.

The exhibition comprises over 70 works, including watercolours, oils, drawings, and engravings, and covers over 40 years of Turner's artistic development. Loans from the Tate Gallery, the British Museum, the Fitzwilliam, Manchester City Art Gallery, and the rarely seen oil Oxford from Abingdon Road from a private collection all complement the drawings and watercolours from the Ashmolean's own extensive collection.

The exhibition charts Turner's long love affair with Oxford, which began when he visited the city as a child in 1787, and includes meticulously drawn views of Corpus Christi College (pictured above left), Magdalen, Folly Bridge, and New College, executed under the guidance of his mentor Thomas Malton. Other familiar views of the city are taken from Turner's drawings and engravings made for the Oxford Almanack, and there are six different versions of Oxford's High Street in which Turner uses colour to convey the mass and light of a view.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a study day on 4 July, which will include lectures and seminars; a drawing and painting workshop on 20 July, using the exhibition and the city itself as inspiration, and a lecture given by Andrew Wilton, Senior Research Fellow at Tate Britain, on Thursday, 27 July, at 6 p.m.


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