Today the Ashmolean announces the launch of a public campaign to raise the final £60,000 needed to secure for the nation a major work by Joseph Mallord William Turner. The High Street, Oxford (1810), which has been on loan to the Museum from a private collection since 1997, has been offered to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax. Gifts to this year’s Ashmolean Appeal will both help the Ashmolean to secure Turner’s iconic painting, and support conservation, collection display and education programmes throughout the Museum. Acknowledged as one of the greatest landscape artists of all time, JMW Turner painted over thirty finished watercolours of Oxford views, by far the most numerous group devoted to a single place in his entire output. The High Street, Oxford is unique in Turner’s output and in the history of English art. It represents one of the most beautiful streets in Europe, a street which has materially changed little

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