A View of Betchworth Park, Dorking, Looking Toward Reigate
Signed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, Wm Turner / Oxf d
Purchased by some of his friends in memory of John D. Barrett
William Turner was apprenticed to John Varley and elected an associate of the Old Water-Colour Society at age eighteen. In 1811 he settled in Oxford, where he lived for the rest of his life teaching drawing. His landscapes are generally open, distant views with a smooth, meticulous technique and an almost supernatural stillness.