William Turner of Oxford

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William Turner of Oxford

A View of Betchworth Park, Dorking, Looking Toward Reigate

Signed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, Wm Turner / Oxf d

Watercolor, over graphite, on wove paper
10 11/16 x 9 7/16 inches (271 x 239 mm)

Purchased by some of his friends in memory of John D. Barrett

Item description: 

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.