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Creator Francis Towne, 1740–1816, British
Title Lake Windermere
Date 1786
Medium Watercolor and brown and gray ink over graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Dimensions Sheet: 6 1/8 x 18 5/8 inches (15.6 x 47.3 cm) Contemporary drawn border: 12 5/8 x 24 3/4 inches (32.1 x 62.9 cm)
Inscribed in black ink, lower left: "No 13 F Towne. delt 1786"; in black ink, verso, upper left: "No 13 | afternoon light from the right hand"; upper center: "The Lake of Windermere taken near Low Wood | August ye 9th 1786 by | Francis Towne"; center left: "Leicester Square | 1790 London", Signed and dated in black ink, lower left: "No 13 F Towne. delt 1786"
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1975.4.1878
Collection Prints and Drawings
Curatorial Comment In the summer of 1786, the year of Gilpin's publication of his tour of the Lakes, Francis Towne undertook his own tour with two friends, one of whom was the first owner of this watercolor of Windermere. In a two week period they visited most of the lakes, and Towne filled two sketchbooks with drawings. Rather than consider these drawings as preliminary for other finished watercolors, Towne cho0se to work up the sketchbook pages themselves with watercolor and pen and ink outlines, extract the pages from the sketch book, and mount them as finished drawings (the date of 1790 on the back of the mount indicates the year Towne mounted the drawing). Although the watercolors have a carefully considered, even stylized appearance, the Towne scholar Timothy Wilcox maintains that, by retaining the format of the sketchbook page and by adding the insistent pen outlines, Towne was drawing attention to their origins as sketches done on the spot.
     -- Scott Wilcox, 2001-05
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Subject Terms hills | lake | landscape | trees

Painting in England 1700-1850, collection of Mr. & Mrs. Paul Mellon., Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA, 1963, p. 63, no. 72, ND466 V57 v.1-2 (YCBA)

Yale University Art Gallery, English drawings and watercolors, from the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, April 15 - June 20, 1965, New Haven, 1965, Cat. No. 54, NC228 Y34 (YCBA)

A loan exhibition of English drawings and watercolours from the collection of Mr and Mrs Paul Mellon of Upperville, Virginia, P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., London, 1964, cat. no. 54, N5247.M385 L62 (YCBA)

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