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William Turner of Oxford (1789–1862)
A View of Betchworth Park, Dorking, Looking Toward Reigate
Watercolor, over graphite, on wove paper
Signed at lower right, in pen and brown ink, Wm Turner / Oxf d
10 11/16 x 9 7/16 inches (271 x 239 mm)
Purchased by some of his friends in memory of John D. Barrett; 1982.5
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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.
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