The Ashmolean Museum says it has raised enough money to acquire Turner's famous vision of Oxford High Street.
The museum says it has 'received an extraordinary response' following the launch in June of a public appeal - sending over £60,000 to help reach the fundraising target of £860,000 in just four weeks.
The painting, 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. The High Street, Oxford would settle £3.5 million of inheritance tax – which is more than the tax liable on the estate.
In addition to the £60,000, the Ashmolean received a grant of £550,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, £220,000 from the Art Fund, and a further £30,000 from the Friends and Patrons of the Ashmolean.
Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Ashmolean, says: ‘The Museum has been overwhelmed by public support. With well over 800 people contributing to the appeal, it is clear that the local community, as well as visitors to the Museum from across the world, feel that this picture, the greatest painting of the city ever made, must remain on show in a public museum in Oxford.'
Click video. It is regarded as the defining image of Brighton in the 1800s. A stunning watercolour by the famous fine artist Turner is now on display in the city which inspired it.
Brighthelmston, Sussex, was painted in Brighton in 1824 - and it's now on hung alongside other pieces of his work for the first time in more than 100 years. Charlotte WIlkins has been to take a look.
Now he's known as the nations' greatest painter and, some of Turner's finest work has been brought together for a unique exhibition in Sussex.
It was a county that was very special to him - and now his finest views of the area are being seen together for the first time.
It's taking place at Petworth House - a place that not only inspired him, but became his rural retreat. Stacey Poole reports and speaks to Andrew Loukes, House and Collections Manager.
The 40 paintings include some at Tate Britain, the British Museum and in the hands of private and regional owners. On display from Jan 12th to March 13th at Petworth's newly-refurbished exhibition gallery, the works will include a pencil sketch & painting of Petworth House made by Turner in 1809.
The exhibition will also display views of Sussex towns Arundel, Ashburnham, Rye and Hastings as well as rarely-seen works portraying Brighton, Chichester, Lewes & Shoreham.Turner, who lived from 1775 to 1851, was a frequent visitor to Petworth House where some of his work is on permanent display.
8,000 ducks made, not actually from rubber but jesmonite, have had to be captured before they drifted too far out to sea.
Corinne Felgate's art installation in Margate was commissioned by the Tate Gallery as part of its Turbine Generation Project.
As the region's beaches brimmed with bathers last week, thousands of rubber "feathered friends" flocked to Fulsam Rock in Margate.
Corinne Felgate's Nature Nurture installation featured 8,000 ducks made by the public, and was commissioned by the Tate Gallery as part of its Turbine Generation Project.
The ducks were not actually rubber, but jesmonite, and bio-degradable. They were captured before they drifted too far out to sea.