Lowell Libson & Jonny Yarker Ltd

  • Watercolour and pen and brown ink on paper on the original mount
  • 3 ¾ × 6 inches · 95 × 153 mm
  • Signed and dated lower left: F Towne/ 1786, also inscribed verso: No 30 At Keswick looking towards Skiddaw


  • James White (?), d. 1825;
  • John White Abbott, d. 1851;
  • And by descent;
  • Spink & Son, Ltd, London, 1980; 
  • Davis & Long Co., New York, 1980;
  • Mimi and Stanford Feld, New York, acquired from the above 1980, to 2012.


  • Probably, London, Henry Tresham’s gallery, 20 Lower Brook Street, A series of the most picturesque scenes in the neighbourhood of Rome, Naples and other parts of Italy, Switzerland, etc., together with a select number of views of the Lakes in Cumberland, West Moreland and North Wales. The whole drawn on the spot by Francis Towne, Landscape painter, February 1805, no. 57, (Going from Lowdore looking towards Skiddaw);
  • Exeter, Art Gallery and Museum, Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman, RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, 1951, no. 86;
  • London, Spink & Son, Ltd, London, English Watercolour Drawings, 1980, no.9; 
  • New York, Davis & Long Company, English Watercolors, 1980, no. 58; Pennsylvania State University, Museum of Art, and Aspen Center for the Visual Arts, Colorado, 1981, no. 46, repr.


  • Adrian Bury, Francis Towne: Lone star of watercolour, 1962, p. 151 (as Keswick, Looking Towards Skiddaw);
  • To be included in Richard Stephens’s catalogue raisonné of the works of Francis Towne as catalogue no. 503.

Private collection, UK