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View of the High Street, Oxford

Photo credit: The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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This view was commissioned by James Wyatt, an Oxford frame maker and picture dealer, who intended to sell engravings of it in his shop at 115 High Street. The picture was completed in 1810, and its close emphasis on architectural detail is unique in Turner’s painted work. It was exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1812, together with a companion, also commissioned by Wyatt, a 'View of Oxford from the Abingdon Road' (private collection).

The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology





oil on canvas


H 68.6 x W 99.7 cm

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accepted by H.M. Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the Ashmolean Museum, 2016; with additional funding from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund; the Art Fund (with a contribution from the Wolfson Foundation); the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean; Mr and Mrs Timothy Sanderson; Mr and Mrs Mark Houghton-Berry; and many private donors, 2016

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The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

Beaumont Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 2PH England

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