Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Ugbrooke Park
  • View in Devonshire
Oil on wood
  • image width 508mm,
  • image length 699mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / Pinxt 1780”
  • verso
  • “For the Rt. Hon. Lord Clifford, Ugbrooke Park”
Object Type
Oil painting

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Witt Library; Tate catalogue


Commissioned by Hugh, 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1726–1783), and descended to the present owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Hugh Clifford, 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1726 - 1783), Chudleigh, Devon
Exhibition History
[?] The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1780, no. 21 or 24 as 'View in Devonshire'
unidentified exhibition but very probably the display for which George Pycroft wrote Short Biographies of Devonshire Artists. Notes Presented to the Committee by George Pycroft, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1885
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 14
Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art, Sixth Report on Works of Art In Devonshire in Transactions of the Devonshire Association: Plymouth, 1885, p. 155
George Oliver, Cliffordiana, T.Howe: Exeter, 1830, p. 92


This picture depicts the Lower Water and the small artificial waterfall that was created between it and the Upper Water. Joseph Reeve described this waterfall in his 1776 poem “Ugbrooke Park”:

Spent in the Windings of the skirting grove

The ling’ring current scarcely seems to move,

Whence lo! abruptly from the rocky steep

Headlong it falls, and dashes down the deep.

From crag to crag the tumbling waters bound,<

And foam and fret and whirl their eddies round<

‘Till by degrees in milder falls they play,

And in soft whispers gently glide away.1

The preparatory study is not known.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 See the Comment at FT813.

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