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    Sale 7435

    British Works on Paper

    21 November 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 6

    William Turner of Oxford, O.W.S. (1789-1862)

    View down Magpie Lane towards Merton College chapel, Oxford.

    Price Realised  

    Estimate

    William Turner of Oxford, O.W.S. (1789-1862)
    View down Magpie Lane towards Merton College chapel, Oxford.
    inscribed 'Grove Street' (lower centre) and numbered '20' (upper right)
    pencil
    10 7/8 x 9¾ in. (27.7 x 24.7 cm.)


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    Magpie Lane runs between Oriel and University Colleges, Oxford. In the 13th Century, its history was disreputable as it was the haunt of the city's prostitutes. In the 17th Century, it was named Magpie Lane because of an alehouse that used a magpie as a sign. By the late 19th Century, the lane was known as Grove Street but by the late 1920s it was changed back to Magpie Lane.

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    Provenance

    Traditionally said to have been purchased at the sale of the artist's effects in 1863.