- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- ca. 1786/08
- Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour
- image height 208mm,
- image length 338mm
- mounted by the artist
- artist's mount, verso
- “Lake of Grasmere light from the / left hand from 12 till 2 o clock”
- formerly(?), in pencil
- 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 on 24 May 1921 she sold it to Agnew’s (no.9956; probably for £62) for onward sale the same day (for £350 with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT108, FT111, FT237, FT260, FT366, FT469) to the present owner, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (Inv. 92'21).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham, 24 May 1921, GBP 350, Inv.92'21
Acquired with FT072, FT074, FT086, FT108, FT111, FT237, FT260, FT366, FT469
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 24 May 1921, no.9956
- 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. 77 as 'Grasmere'
- Exhibition of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1921, no. 36
- Catalogue of a collection of pictures, drawings, furniture and works of art of the Empire and Regency period : select examples of Romano-British art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1929
- La Peinture anglaise, XVIII et XIX siecles, Musee du Louvre, 1938
- Early British Watercolours, Empire Loan Exhibition Society, 1950, no. 19
- unidentified exhibition, Fermoy Art Gallery, 1964
- The Discovery of the Lake District, Dove Cottage, 1982, no. 136
- The Discovery of the Lake District, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984, no. 184
- New York Public Library and tour, William Wordsworth and the Age of English Romanticism, New York Public Library and tour, 1987
- British Watercolours from Birmingham, Tokyo and tour, 1991
- British Watercolours from Birmingham, Bankside Gallery, 1992, no. 7
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 121
- City of Birmingham Art Gallery, Catalogue of the Permanent Collection of Paintings in Oil, Tempera, Water-Colour, etc.: Birmingham, 1930, p. 197
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 103, 135
- Luke Herrmann, British Landscape Painting of the 18th Century, Faber: London, 1973, p. 78
- 1 B. T. Pouncey, after J. Farington, Grasmere, ca. 1785 (Wordsworth Trust).
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