Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • On the Side of Lake Windermere, near the Turnpike
Pen and brown ink, watercolour
  • image width 96mm,
  • image length 155mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “No 15 / 1786 / F Towne del”
  • sheet, verso
  • “No 15 / [4 lines of indistinct inscription]”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No. 15 Westmoreland / on the Side of the Lake of Windermere / near the Turnpike / Francis Towne delt / August 16th 1786”
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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 (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP145). In April 1930 Judith Merivale sold it to Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, for £12. Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Lupton bequeathed the drawing to the present owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.199/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.199/53
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester, April 1930, GBP 12
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester, April 1930, GBP 12
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP145
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP145
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Catalogue of a collection of pictures, drawings, furniture and works of art of the Empire and Regency period : select examples of Romano-British art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1929
Watercolours and Drawings from the City Art Gallery, Leeds, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1960, no. 38
The Discovery of the Lake District, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1984, no. 86
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 132
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 12


One of five drawings of Lake Windermere that Towne made on 16 August, this is a view looking to the buildings at Waterhead and, in the left distance, Clappersgate. The masses of Loughrigg are in the centre background, extending in the right distance towards the hills around Grasmere.

by Richard Stephens

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