Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • From Rydal Hall Park
  • View from Rydal Park
ca. 1786/08
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour, gum
  • image width 379mm,
  • image length 268mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “From Rydal Hall Park / Light from the right hand afternoon”
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Description Sources
Examination; Bridgeman Art Library (image)


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (186-1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP158). In April 1930 Judith Merivale sold it for £20 to Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset. Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Lupton bequeathed it to the current owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.203/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.203/53
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester, April 1930, GBP 20
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester, April 1930, GBP 20
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP158
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP158
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Watercolours and Drawings from the City Art Gallery, Leeds, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1960, no. 47
The Lupton Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1972, no. 75
The Discovery of the Lake District, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984, no. 9
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 12
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 16, 45, 132


This is a view looking south to Lake Windermere. Joseph Farington drew the same view in an engraving published in ca. 1789.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 B. T. Pouncey after J. Farington, View from Rydal Looking towards Windermere, ca. 1789 (Wordsworth Trust).

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