Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Lodore Falls
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 495mm,
  • image length 419mm
two sheets of laid paper with a vertical crease mark down the centre
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Lowdore / F Towne / delt 1786”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Lowdore / light from the left hand 11 OClock / August 23.1786”
  • in ink over pencil
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Wilcox 1997 (image)


Untraced until sold at Sotheby’s on 27 or 28 June 1922 for £4 10s. to Bradshaw. Before 1952 it was in the collection of Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888–1952), whose heirs sold it at Christie’s on 13 December 1979, lot 70, for £16,000. In 1997 was in the collection of Barings ING, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

I. N. G. Barings, 1997
Private Collection, 13 December 1979, GBP 16600
Christie's, London, London, 13 December 1979, lot 70
Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888 - 1952)
Private Collection, 28 June 1922, GBP 4 10s
Sold to to “Bradshaw”
Sotheby's, London, London, 27 June 1922
Exhibition History
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 60


Lodore Falls, where the water of Watendlath Beck falls 120 feet, are at the southern end of Derwent Water.

The larger of the two sheets on which Towne has made this drawing is of the same type that he used for his three views of Derwent Water (FT505, FT506, FT507). Lodore Falls are visible in FT505 and FT506.

by Richard Stephens

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