Abingdon, from the Thames Navigation

Britannia Depicta
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9 x 11 1/4 in (image) 10 7/16 x 13 1/2 in (sheet)
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Bequest of Kurt F. Pantzer
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The spire of St. Helen's Church and the fancy cupola of the town hall are surprisingly grand landmarks in the small market town of Abingdon downriver from Oxford.

Turner's viewpoint is from the junction of the Thames and the Swift Ditch, a bypass cut across the bend in the river at Abingdon, which served as the main navigational channel until 1790 and which was entered by the first lock built on the upper  Thames in 1635.

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