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Rydal Water

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Cumbria (painted)
    Lake District (made)

  • Date:

    1789 (painted)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Towne, Francis, born 1739 - died 1816 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Credit Line:

    Given by the Misses Buckingham

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level F, case TB, shelf 3C

Physical description

Watercolour painting of the valley of Rydal Water in the Lake District. Signed and dated by the artist and inscribed with title and note.

Place of Origin

Cumbria (painted)
Lake District (made)


1789 (painted)


Towne, Francis, born 1739 - died 1816 (artist)

Materials and Techniques


Marks and inscriptions

F Towne / delt 1789 / No. 8
Signed and dated in ink

Taken at the going off of / a storm / No. 8 / Rydal Water / with Mr Jones and Sir Michael Fleming / Drawn by Francis Towne / 1789 (obliterated)/ London / Leicester Square (obliterated)/ 1790 (?) (obliterated)
Inscribed in ink on the back of the mount


Height: 15.7 cm, Width: 23.7 cm

Descriptive line

Watercolour depicting Rydal Water in the Lake District by Francis Towne (1740-1816). Great Britain, 1789.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

p.43, pl.32
British watercolours : 1750-1950 / Katherine Coombs. London: V&A Publications, 2012

Labels and date

Francis Towne 1740?-1816
Rydal Water
Signed and dated 1786

Towne's watercolours have a strong, distinctive outline and pristine colours. This is apparently a leaf from a sketchbook that he used during a tour of the Lake District. Its picturesque landscape was very popular with painters at this period.

Watercolour on paper

Given by the Misses Buckingham
Museum no. P.19-1921 []




Watercolour drawing

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; National parks; Rural scenes; Valleys


Paintings; Landscapes; Topographical watercolours


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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