Backbarrow Cotton Mill by Charles Towne

The painting shows an aspect of the Lake District of which most late eighteenth-century 'Tourists' remained entirely ignorant.

Details

Category:
Topographical
Medium:
Oil on canvas Dimensions: 51 x 64 cm
Art Fund grant:
£3,000 ( Total: £12,000)
Acquired in:
1990
Vendor:
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.

Venue details

Abbot Hall Art Gallery Abbot Hall, Kendal Cumbria LA9 5AL 01539 722464 www.abbothall.org.uk

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