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Watercolour - View of a room at Christ Church, Oxford
  • View of a room at Christ Church, Oxford
    Pyne, George, born 1800 - died 1884
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View of a room at Christ Church, Oxford

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Oxford (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1855 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pyne, George, born 1800 - died 1884 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Henry Herbert Harrod Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level E, case W, shelf 102, box A

This drawing carefully records the rooms of wealthy students in Canterbury Quadrangle at Christ Church, a college of Oxford University. It is one of a group of drawings. The furnishings epitomise the mid Victorian ideal of the comfortable living room or parlour. They include a fitted carpet, softly upholstered neo-Rococo chairs (with interior springs), a large centre table and a piano. But the plain walls with their floral wallpaper borders are not typical. The occupant (and decorator) must have been both tasteful and artistic. The borders, chair covers, curtains and carpet all match, and there is an array of fashionable watercolours hanging on the walls. At night the large table would have been the centre of activity. The two lamps at the side would have been placed on it.

Physical description

Watercolour drawing

Place of Origin

Oxford (made)


ca. 1855 (made)


Pyne, George, born 1800 - died 1884 (artist)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 227 mm, Width: 330 mm

Descriptive line

View of a room at Christ Church Oxford.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design, and Department of Paintings, Accessions: 1948, Volume II, Henry Herbert Harrod Bequest, London: His Majesty's Stationery Office, 1957




Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Furniture; Piano




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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