- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View at Ambleside, near Sir Michael Fleming’s on the Road to Keswick
- View at Ambleside
- At Ambleside
- Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour with gum
- image height 157mm,
- image length 475mm
- two sheets
- mounted by the artist on paper watermarked “CURTEIS & SON”
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “No.3 F.Towne / delt. [“1786” scratched out]”
- artist's mount, verso
- “No3 / A View at Ambleside in Westmorland near Sir Michael Flemings in the road to Keswick drawn on the spot by Francis Towne. / [erasure]”
- with “A View [...] Towne” on three separate lines
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughter Emily Harriet Buckingham (1853–1923) inherited the drawing in 1915 and by 1929 it was in the collection of Herbert Powell, who in that year gave it in trust to the National Art Collections Fund, which presented it in 1967 to the current owner, the Tate Gallery (T01019). This is presumably the View at Ambleside that on 6 March 1922 Emily Buckingham sold to Agnew’s (no.10123) for £45 and that (on 27 February 1922 according to Agnew’s) Colonel F. A. Powell(?) purchased there for £65.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Tate, London, 1967, T01019
- National Art Collections Fund, 1929
- Herbert Powell
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 6 March 1922, GBP 45, no.10123
- Emily Harriet Buckingham (1853 - 1923), 1915
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 67 as 'Ambleside', or 75, 83 or 91 as 'At Ambleside'
- [?] Exhibition of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1922, no. 77 as 'Ambleside 1786'
- National Art Collections Fund Travelling Trust, 1930, no. 122
- Viewfinders, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, 1980, no. 62
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 139
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