William Mackinnon (active 1798)
  • View of Lausanne, after Johann Ludwig Aberli
Pencil, watercolour
  • image height 384mm,
  • image width 569mm
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “W Mackinnon / 1798”
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Acquired in 1873 by the current owner, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (115-1873). Presumably they acquired it from the same source as the two watercolours by Mackinnon now in the British Museum, which were purchased from Walrond in 1872.

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Victoria and Albert Museum
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 112
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 160


This drawing shows a close debt to Towne’s drawing style the viewpoint is similar to that of Towne’s panoramic view of Lausanne (FT384). Even so, it is clearly a copy after a 1774 etched view of Lausanne by Balthasar Anton Dunker, after Johann Ludwig Aberli (example in the British Museum, 1958,0712.547). It is the only dated example among three watercolours by Mackinnon now known. As in the other copy after Aberli by Mackinnon, it seems likely that his immediate source was a watercolour by Towne since it uses a palette characteristic of Towne's work and the treatment of foliage, foreground and some minor details in the landscape diverge from the etching (such as the absence of clouds, the general treatment of the snow-capped mountains on the horizon the far shore of the lake, and the size of the bushes at the extreme left of the view immediately in front of the garden wall).

by Richard Stephens

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