Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View at Low Wood, looking across the Head of Lake Windermere
Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour, gum
  • image width 152mm,
  • image length 236mm
mounted by the artist (fig 484b; the mount has now been removed)
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “No 28 / F.Towne / delt. 1780”
  • in brown ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.28 / Taken after the sun was down. / A View at Low Wood looking across the head of the Lake of Windermere / Westmoreland, to the Langdale Pikes / Drawn on the Spot by / Francis Towne / August 16th 1786 / London / Leicester Square / July 7th 1791”
  • now detached from the drawing
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Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (image)


Presumably bought from the artist by Arthur Harington Champernowne (1768–1819), as his great-great-granddaughter Katharine Iris Paull of Chichester (see Comment at FT602) sold it at Sotheby’s on 30 July 1952, lot 13, for £175 to Agnews’ (no.6968), who bought it on behalf of Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 5 June 2003, lot 47, for £35,000. It was in a “private collection” in November 2005.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 5 June 2003, GBP 35000
Christie's, London, London, 5 June 2003, GBP 35000, lot 47
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 30 July 1952
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 30 July 1952, GBP 175, no.6968
Acquired on behalf of Sir William Worsley Bt
Sotheby's, London, London, 30 July 1952, lot 13
Katharine Iris Paull, Chichester
Arthur Harington Champernowne (1768 - 1819), 1791
Exhibition History
Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 69 or 70 as 'A View from Low-Wood'
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950
English Watercolours from Four Yorkshire Houses 1660-1860, Scarborough Art Gallery, 1950
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 6
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 95, 143
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 13


This is a view looking west over Windermere from outside the Low Wood Inn, a popular destination for eighteenth-century travellers. The Langdale Pikes are prominent in the central distance, to the right of Lingmoor Fell.

Towne has misdated the drawing 1780 instead of 1786.

by Richard Stephens

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