- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View in St John’s in the Vale looking towards Keswick
- The Vale of St. John, in Cumberland
- The Vale of St John
- Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour with gum
- image height 156mm,
- image length 337mm
- two sheets
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F.Towne. delt.1786”
- artist's mount, verso
- “No36 / 5 O Clock in the afternoon / light from the left hand / A View taken in the Vale of St. John looking towards Keswick / in Cumberland August 17, 1786 / by / Francis Towne”
- 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 bequeathed it to her sister Frances Ann Laura Solly (b.1858). Later it was owned by Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, who bequeathed it to the current owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.208/53).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.208/53
- Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester
- Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester
- Frances Ann Laura Solly (1858 - alive in 1932), 1923
- 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. 63, 64, or 65 as 'The Vale of St. John, in Cumberland', or 88 as 'The Vale of St John'
- unidentified exhibition - possibly Art in the Georgian Home, Arts Council, 1949, no. 4
- L'Aquarelle anglaise 1750-1850, [organised by the British Council at] Musee Rath, Geneva; L'Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Zurich, 1955, no. 113
- English Landscape Painting of the 18th and 19th Centuries, Tokyo and Kyoto, 1970, no. 89
- unidentified exhibition, 1972
- Still Waters... Watercolours from Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1995, no. 12
- Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 54
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 45, 103, 131
- Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 11
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 121
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, pp. 119-120
- 1 Wilcox 1997, pp.119–20.
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