James Basire II (1769 – 1822) after JMW Turner (1775 – 1851)

View of Exeter College, All Saints Church &c. from the Turl



35 x 46 cm

A view of Exeter College, Oxford from Turl Street. Labourers cobble the road. The spire of what was All Saints Church, now Lincoln College’s library, overlooks the scene.

Turner’s drawing was reproduced as a lithograph in 1800, to be published in the “Oxford Almanack”. The Oxford Almanack was an annual almanack published by the Oxford University Press for the University of Oxford from 1674 through 2019 (when printing sadly ceased due to “dwindling interest”). The almanack traditionally included engravings or lithographs of the University and information about the upcoming year. Other almanack artists have included Michael Burghers and John Piper. Basire and Dayes collaborated on several views of Oxford during the courses of their careers.

Joseph Mallord William Turner RA, known in his time as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colouring, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent, marine paintings. He left behind more than 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 works on paper. He was championed by the leading English art critic John Ruskin from 1840, and is today regarded as having elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.

James Basire II was a British engraver, son of James Basire I, also a celebrated engraver. In 1802 he became Engraver to the Society of Antiquaries.

Condition: trimmed within plate mark and mounted to paper.

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Other views of Exeter College, Oxford are available here.