Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View of Derwent Water
ca. 1786/08
Pen and brown ink, watercolour, gum
  • image width 207mm,
  • image length 227mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne. delt / 1786”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Morning sun from the left hand / A view of Keswick Lake looking towards the head / drawn on the spot by Francis Towne”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 1995 Leeds catalogue (image)


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 and bequeathed it to her sister Frances Ann Laura Solly (b.1858). Later it was owned by Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, who bequeathed it to the current owner, owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.207/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.207/53
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953)
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), 1923
Frances Ann Laura Solly (1858 - alive in 1932), 1923
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. 74 as 'A View of Keswick Lake'
unidentified exhibition, 1949, no. 48
An Exhibition of English Drawings and Water Colours from British Collections, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1962, no. 80
The Lupton Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1972, no. 78
The Discovery of the Lake District, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984, no. 93
Derwentwater: Vale of Elysium, Wordsworth Museum, 1986, no. 96
Still Waters... Watercolours from Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1995, no. 13
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 103, 132
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Arts Calendar: A quarterly review issued by the Leeds City Art Gallery & Temple Newsham House, No. 25: Leeds, 1953, p. 8
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 11
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 127


Derwent Water is just west of Keswick. It was the main focus of interest for visitors to the northern part of the Lake District. Towne was very active in this area, making drawings at Lodore Falls (FT508), the Bowder Stone (FT509, FT510), Grange, and Borrowdale (FT500, FT501, FT502, FT513).

This is one of three views of Derwent Water Towne made on this paper. This and FT506 look south to Lodore Falls, following the standard view from Crow Park or thereabouts, for example as published in 1784.1 A third (FT507), on two sheets, is near Lodore looking north.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 S. Middiman(?) after T. Smith, Derwent Water, ca. 1784 (Cumbria County Council Local Studies Libraries and Record Offices).

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