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Head of Windermere from Belle Grange Farm

Head of Windermere from Belle Grange Farm
signed and dated 'J. Smith 1789' (lower right) and inscribed 'Head of Windermere, from Belle Grange Farm. No 23. (upper centre, on the artists original mount)
pencil and watercolour with scratching out
13 5/8 x 20 1/8 in. (34.6 x 51 cm.)
J.C. Curwen, and by descent.
with Agnew's, London, 1970, where purchased for the present collection.
C. Powell and S. Hebron, A Cumbrian Artist Rediscovered: John Smith (1749-1831), Grasmere, 2011, p. 82.
Preston, Harris Museum and Art Gallery, The English Lakes. Water-colour drawings by John 'Warwick' Smith (1749-1831), 1949, no. 12.
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Lot Essay

The present drawing is one of a series commissioned by John Christian Curwen (1756-1828), M.P. for Carlisle. He lived at Workington Hall, on the coast at Seaton, and at Belle Isle House, Belle Isle, Windermere, which had been passed down in his wife's family. He commissioned a series of Lake District views from Smith - one, Lake Windermere from Calgarth with Belle Isle, is now at Yale Center for British Art.
Belle Grange is on the western bank of Lake Windermere, almost opposite the town of Windermere, and was also owned by the Curwen family.

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