Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Part of Elter Force
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour with gum and scratching out
  • image width 156mm,
  • image length 95mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / 1786.”
  • artist's mount, recto
  • “Part of Elter Force, Westmorland / No11”
  • in pencil
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Part of Elterforce, Westmoreland”, numbered “11”, and signed
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie’s records; Timothy Wilcox (image)


Presumably bought from the artist by Arthur Harington Champernowne (1768–1819), as his great-great-granddaughter Katharine Iris Paull of Chichester (see Comment at FT602) sold it at Sotheby’s on 30 July 1952, lot 11, for £48 to Agnew’s (no.6966). On 19 January 1953 Agnew’s sold it for £65 to Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896–1976), who sold it back to Agnew’s (no.8069) on 26 September 1955. On 13 February 1956 Agnew’s sold it for £85 to Joseph Hawksley Elliot of Sheffield (d. ca. 1978), whose daughter sold it at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 79, for £1,400 to Agnew’s. It was bought there in the same year, and remained in a private collection in 2015.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 1978
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 1400
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, lot 79
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield, 13 February 1956, GBP 85
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 26 September 1955, no.8069
Charles Richard Nairne Routh (1896 - 1976), 19 January 1953, GBP 65
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 30 July 1952, GBP 48, no.6966
Sotheby's, London, London, 30 July 1952, lot 11
Katharine Iris Paull, Chichester
[?] Arthur Harington Champernowne (1768 - 1819), 1786
Exhibition History
Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 52 as 'Elter Force, Westmoreland' or 89, as 'Elter Force'
80th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1953, no. 92
82nd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1956, no. 13
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 116


This is a view of Skelwith Force near Elterwater. The Lingmoor Fell is clearly visible in the distance, with the Langdale Pikes on the right, adjacent to the trees. 

The wash borders on Towne’s mount also appear on the mount of a landscape composition dated 1788 (FT791), which may indicate the time when Towne mounted this drawing.

by Richard Stephens

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