Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Lake Bala
Date
1788
Medium
Pencil, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 394mm,
  • image length 692mm
Mount
(?) mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne delt” and dated “1788”, although this is no longer visible
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Lake Bala, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery
Catalogue Number
FT550
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Agnew’s records (image)

Provenance

Commissioned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1752–1794), on 28 December 1785 and descended in his family until sold by Sir Richard Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1906–1990), at Sotheby’s on 21 November 1968, lot 33, for £1400 to Agnew’s (no.8841), who sold it on 20 January 1969 for £2,500 to a collector, in whose collection it remained until 1997. It was on sale at Agnew’s in 1998 and again at W. S. Fine Art Ltd in 2009.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
W S Fine Art, London, 2009
Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1998
Private Collection, 20 January 1969, GBP 2500
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 21 November 1968, GBP 2500, no.8841
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 November 1968, lot 33
Sir Richard Thomas Acland (1906 - 1990), November 1968
Lady Henrietta Anne Acland (née Hoare) (1765 - 1841)
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1752 - 1794), Exwick, Exeter, 28 December 1785
Exhibition History
96th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colours and Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1969, no. 22
English Watercolours: Drawings and Small Oil Paintings: Agnew's 125th Annual Exhibition, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1998, no. 17
Bibliography
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 122

Comment

This drawing is a version of FT072.

by Richard Stephens

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