Francis Towne
Waterfall near Ambleside 1786

Artwork details

Francis Towne 1739–1816
Waterfall near Ambleside
Date 1786
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 380 x 265 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

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In 1786 Towne joined two Exeter friends, James White and John Merivale, on a tour of the Lake District. Ambleside served as a base for the party during most of their tour, and Towne therefore explored the area in some depth. He made various panormaic views of the vicinity but especially a number of versions of the secluded waterfalls of Stock Gill. In this example, his elevated and close viewpoint makes the subject both more intense and more dramatic. Two barely discernible figures on the far left-hand rock provide a sense of scale.

September 1997