- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View near the Turnpike on the Way from Low Wood to Ambleside
- Near the turnpike coming from Low Wood to Ambleside
- Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour, gum
- image height 156mm,
- image length 474mm
- two sheets
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower right
- “F.Towne.delt. / No.14.1786” in black ink; upper distance, “C D E” in brown ink; and “B C” in grey ink
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.14 / A View taken near the Turnpike coming from Low Wood / to Ambleside, at the head of the Lake of Windermere, in Westmorland. / Drawn on the spot by Francis Towne / August 12th.1786 / A Rydalpeak / B Rydal Cragg / C Rydal head / B lower Greaves / A higher Greaves [with a large bracket “}” covering all five preceding lines] In Rydal Park / C Rydal Lower peak or Cragg / D Rydal Higher peak / E Great Ridge / E Read Crease / Leicester Square / 1791”
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughter Emily Harriet Buckingham (1953–1923) inherited the drawing in 1915 and on 24 May 1921 she sold it to Agnew’s (no.9958) for £50 for onward sale the same day (for £350 with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT108, FT111, FT237, FT260, FT366, FT504) to the current owner, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (1921P91).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 24 May 1921, GBP 350, 1921P91
Acquired with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT108, FT111, FT237, F260, FT366 and FT504
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 24 May 1921, GBP 50, no.9958
- 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. 87 as 'Near the turnpike coming from Low Wood to Ambleside'
- [?] Exhibition of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1921, no. 41 as 'Ambleside'
- Peintures et Aquarelles 1700-1900 du Musee de Birmingham, Musee des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, 1966, no. 120
- Two Centuries of English Painting, National Gallery, Prague; National Slovak Gallery, Bratislava, 1969, no. 138
- The Discovery of the Lake District, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984, no. 85
- The Great Age of British Watercolours 1750-1880, Royal Academy of Arts, 1993, no. 275
- City of Birmingham Art Gallery, Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings in Oil, Tempera, Water-Colour, etc.: Birmingham, 1930, pp. 196-197
- Henri Lemaitre, Le Paysage Anglais a l'Aquarelle 1760-1951, Bordas: Paris, 1955, p. 168
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 134
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