Francis Towne

A View at Ambleside


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In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Francis Towne 1739–1816
Watercolour and ink on paper
Support: 156 × 473 mm
Presented by the Art Fund (Herbert Powell Bequest) 1967

Catalogue entry

Francis Towne 1739–1816

T01019 A View at Ambleside 1786

Watercolour, and pen and ink, 6¿ x 18¿ (15.5 x 47.5).
Presented by the National Art-Collections Fund from the Herbert Powell Bequest 1967.
Coll: Herbert Powell, entrusted to the N.A.C.F. 1929.
Exh: see Atkins T00964.

On the back of the mount, which is contemporary with the drawing, is this inscription, presumably in Towne’s hand: ‘No 3 A View at Ambleside in Westmorland near Sir Michael Flemings in the road to Keswick drawn on the spot by Francis Towne’. The drawing is on two joined pages of a sketchbook. Other drawings from Towne’s Lakes sketchbook were, in 1920, in the possession of Miss E and the Rev M D Buckingham, the Misses Merivale, Mr Reginald Merivale and Mrs Solly. The sketchbook itself also belonged to the Misses Merivale (A P Oppe, ‘Francis Towne, Landscape Painter’, in Walpole Society, VIII, 1920, p. 120.)

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1967–1968, London 1968.

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