View of Wastwater by William Green

William Green remains Manchester's most important watercolourist.


Pencil & watercolour on paper
13.5 x 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£450 ( Total: £1,200)
Acquired in:
Charles Nugent

He established two drawing schools in the city in the late 18th century and produced the first major map of Manchester and Salford. However, he is best known for his work in the Lake District. The subject of this particular work - the view across Wastwater towards Great Gable - is one of the most popular and iconic views in Britain. While Manchester Art Gallery holds an early architectural watercolour and a printed copy of Green's map of Manchester and Salford, this is the first trademark Lake District watercolour to enter the collection.


Sidney Harris; Lyndon Goodwin Harris; Christie’s, 2007; Charles Nugent.

Venue details

Manchester Art Gallery Mosley Street, MANCHESTER Greater Manchester M2 3JL 0161 235 8888

Entry details

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Daily, 10am – 5pm (Thu until 9pm) Closed 24, 25 Dec, Good Friday

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