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Artist NameWilliam Turner of Oxford (1789-1862)
TitleDonati's Comet, 5th October 1858
Date of Artwork1858
MediumWatercolour over traces of pencil heightened with touches of bodycolour and gum arabic
Size9 5/8 x 13 7/8 in. • 245 x 355 mm
SignedSigned lower right: W. Turner/Oxford
Estimated Value£25,000


Anonymous sale, Sotheby's, 18th March 1982, lot 114;
With Agnew's, 1992, where bought by the present owner


Timothy Wilcox, William Turner of Oxford (1789-1862), 1984, p.79, no.87, ill.;

Thos. Agnew & Sons, English Watercolours and Drawings, 1992, no.62, ill.;

Roberta J.M. Olson and Jay M. Pasachoff, Fire in the Sky – Comets and Meteors, the Decisive Centuries, in British Art and Science, 1998, fig. 127</p

Exhibition History

Oxfordshire County Museum, Woodstock, Bankside Gallery, London and Museum and Art Gallery, Bolton, William Turner of Oxford (1789-1862, 9th September 1984 to 19th January 1985, no.87</p

Further Information

Another version of this watercolour in the Yale Center for British Art is inscribed on the reverse of mount: `No.9/Near Oxford, half past 7 o'clock, P.M. Octr. 5th. 1858'.