The Young Turner BookletBooks
The Ashmolean's touring exhibition, entitled TheYoung Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective, and this accompanying publication, present some of Joseph Mallord William Turner's (1775-1851) first commissions and contemporaneously celebrated work. In particular it focuses on his drawings, paintings and engravings of Oxford, from the 1780s to the 1810s. They exemplify his interest in Gothic architecture, his increasing expertise in depicting it, and his growing knowledge of perspective. The styles and subject matters are also indicative of some of the people and works of art that initially inspired him.