Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View of Derwent Water looking towards Lodore Falls
Date
1786 - 1805/11/25
Medium
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 213mm,
  • image length 337mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / delt 1786”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “A View of Keswick Lake / Looking Towards Lodore Fall / Drawn on the spot 1786 & / finished Nov 25 1805 by / Francis Towne”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT506
Description Sources
Christie’s records (image)

Provenance

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 granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP153). On 12 April 1946 Judith Merivale’s executors sold it to Agnew’s (no.4546), where it was bought on 15 July 1946 for £45 by Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896–1976), who on 10 September 1946 sold it back to Agnew’s (no.4761) for £45. On 5 August 1949 Agnew’s (no.6002) sold it for £120 less commission of £6 to Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 1984, lot 74, for £13,000 to Davis & Langdale of New York. It was sold again at Christie’s on 21 March 1989, lot 116, for £20,000, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Private Collection, 21 March 1989, GBP 20000
Christie's, London, London, 21 March 1989, lot 116
Davis and Langdale Company Inc., New York, 20 November 1984, GBP 13000
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 1884, lot 74
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 5 August 1949, GBP 120
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 10 September 1946, GBP 45, no.4761
Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896 - 1976), 15 July 1946, GBP 45
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 12 April 1946, no.4546
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP153
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP153
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 10
English Watercolours from Four Yorkshire Houses 1660-1860, Scarborough Art Gallery, 1950, no. 15
British Landscape Watercolours, Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 1987, no. 3
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 142, 193
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 12, no. 59

Comment

This is a view looking south down Derwent Water, showing Castle Rock prominently on the right.

Towne’s inscription confirms that this picture was worked on in 1805. Among the additions then were the travelling figures in the left mid-ground and the boatmen. Towne also probably sharpened the definition of the foreground rocks at this late stage and added the shepherd and flock of sheep.

by Richard Stephens

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