Christ Church, Oxford, from near Carfax, c. 1796
watercolour with pen and black ink over graphite on wove paper, laid down on card
25.3 x 33.5 cm
National Gallery of Canada (no. 3124)
At the start of his career, Turner was a topographical draughtsman very much in the tradition of Paul Sandby, going on, however, to become one of the great Romantic artists of Europe. Demonstrating Turner's early mastery of the watercolour medium and of perspective, this fine view of Christ Church, one of Oxford's principal colleges, was made for Lord Mansfield as a souvenir of his days as an undergraduate there.