Artist: William Turner of Oxford (British, Black Bourton, Oxfordshire 1789–1862 Oxford)
Date: after 1825
Medium: Watercolor over graphite
Dimensions: Overall: 8 1/2 x 15 1/8 in. (21.6 x 38.4 cm)
Credit Line: Purchase, Guy Wildenstein Gift, 2000
Accession Number: 2000.242
William Turner, called "Turner of Oxford" after the town in which he worked, and to distinguish him from his better-known contemporary, J. M. W. Turner (1775–1851), developed a distinctive watercolor style. Here, the artist characteristically employs flat passages of brightly colored, fluid washes to achieve an exquisitely balanced composition. The distinctive Gothic spires, crenellated towers, and domes of New College, Oxford, seen from the north, rise beneath an expansive sky. A few figures punctuate the wide field that dominates the scene, with a scholar wearing a distinctive cap and gown walking at left, and two girls stooped at center to pick wildflowers.