is ?:P140_assigned_attribute_to of
  • 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.
  • Bibliograpic reference ::
  • Bibliograpic reference :: 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)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: 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)
  • Bibliograpic reference :: 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)
  • Dimension height :: 15.6cm
  • Dimension height :: 32.1cm
  • Dimension width :: 47.3cm
  • Dimension width :: 62.9cm
  • Exhibition :: English Landscape (Paul Mellon Collection) 1630-1850
  • Exhibition :: Fairest Isle - The Appreciation of British Scenery 1750-1850
  • Exhibition :: Francis Towne
  • Exhibition :: Gentle, Rural and Sublime - English Landscape Paintings and Watercolors, 1750-1850
  • Exhibition :: The Line of Beauty : British Drawings and Watercolors of the Eighteenth Century
  • Located in :: New Haven
  • Located in :: Not on view
  • Located in :: YCBA, 222, C 4, T- 2
  • Located in :: Yale Center for British Art
  • Object type :: drawing
  • Object type :: watercolor
  • Subject Concept :: hills
  • Subject Concept :: lake
  • Subject Concept :: landscape
  • Subject Concept :: trees
  • ...
  • Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
  • Lake Windermere