- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Elter Force, near Ambleside
- Elter Force, near the Ambleside Fall
- Elter Force, Westmorland
- Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour
- image width 265mm,
- image length 381mm
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F.Towne. delt. / 1786”
- artist's mount, verso
- “morning light from the left hand / Elter Force near Ambleside / Westmorland drawn on / the spot by Francis Towne. 1786 / Leicester Square / London / 1790”
- 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 granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP143). Around 1937 Judith Merivale tried to sell it through Agnew’s but it was returned to them unsold that year. It was in the collection of B. C. Pritchard prior to its sale at Christie’s on 14 August 1942 for 22 guineas to Meatyard (many thanks to Timothy Wilcox for this information). By 1945 it was owned by Donald Henderson, who gave it that year to the current owner, the National Gallery of Art, Victoria (Acc. no.1482-4).
- Associated People & Organisations
- National Gallery National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, 1945, no.1482-4
- Donald Henderson, 1945
- Meatyard, 14 August 1942, GBP 22 guineas
- Christie's, London, 14 August 1942
- B. C. Pritchard
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP143
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP143
- 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. 52 as 'Elter Force, Westmoreland or 89, as Elter Force'
- Annual Water Colour Exhibition 1926, The Judge's Lodgings, Winchester, 1926, no. 122
- Annual Exhibition of Water-Colours & Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1934, no. 75 as 'Elter Force, near the Ambleside Fall (1786)'
- [?] Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour & Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1937, no. 82 as 'Elter Force, Westmorland (1786)'
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 116
- 1 Paul Oppé records: letter from Judith Merivale to Oppé, 5 June 1931.
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