Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Lake Bala
Pencil, watercolour
  • image width 394mm,
  • image length 692mm
(?) mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne delt” and dated “1788”, although this is no longer visible
Object Type

Lake Bala
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Agnew’s records (image)


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
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 122


This drawing is a version of FT072.

by Richard Stephens

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