Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Grasmere
Date
1787
Medium
Watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 305mm,
  • image length 441mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “Francis Towne / delt 1787”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “A view of Grasmere-water. Drawn by Francis Towne 1787”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT534
Description Sources
Bury 1962; Witt Library (image)

Provenance

Untraced until sold by the Polak Gallery to the Fine Art Society (no.7610) on 26 November 1962 for £820. The Fine Art Society sold it in ca. 1963 to Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire of Liverpool (1898–1972), whereafter it is untraced. The Witt Library card states that this work was in the collection of Sir Wathen Waller, Bt, perhaps Sir Wathen Arthur Waller, 5th Bt of Warwick (1881–1947), who had a sale at Sotheby’s in 1921; or perhaps his ancestor Sir Jonathan Wathen Waller, 1st Bt (1769–1853), George III’s Nonconformist eye surgeon.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Cecil Francis Joseph Beausire (1898 - 1972), 1963
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 26 November 1962, GBP 820, no.7610
Polak Gallery, 26 November 1962
[?] Sir Jonathan Wathen Waller (1881 - 1947)
[?] Sir Jonathan Wathen Waller (1769 - 1853)
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 46

Comment

This is a version of FT504. The existence of this work, dated the year after the 1786 tour, suggests that Towne had some early success with his Lake District sketches.

by Richard Stephens

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