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The painting shows an aspect of the Lake District of which most late eighteenth-century 'Tourists' remained entirely ignorant.
Backbarrow Cotton Mill by Charles Towne, 1810
© Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal, Cumbria, UK
- Oil on canvas Dimensions: 51 x 64 cm
- Art Fund grant:
- £3,000 ( Total: £12,000)
- Acquired in:
- Lane Fine Art
The River Leven, shown on the left, flows from Windermere to Greenod on the coast and provided the motive power for the industrialisation of the valley. Originally a cornmill, then a papermill, the complex was turned into a cotton mill at the end of the eighteenth century. The riverside buildings now comprise the Whitewater Hotel.