• A Farmhouse in a Clearing -
    Price on request

    Signed lower left: Jos. Farington

    Pen and brown ink and grey wash with original washline mount

    31 by 45.4 cm., 12 by 17 ? inches



    Michael Ingram

  • The great Waterfall at Ambleside -

    signed on original mount lower right and dated 1781, and inscribed with title lower centre
    black and white chalk on laid paper
    56 by 44.4cm., 22 by 17 1/2 inches

    This unusually large and atmospheric drawing dates from 1781 when the artist was living in the Lake District. He was born in Lancashire but came to London in 1763 to be a pupil of Richard Wilson. He returned to the North living in Keswick from 1776 until 1781, the date of the present drawing, when he returned to London. He used the same viewpoint for an engraving published in 1816 (The Lakes of Lancashire, Westmorland, and Cumberland..... from drawings by Joseph Farington, R.A.... the result of a tour made in the summer of 1816 by Thomas Hartwell Horne, no.9). Horne describes his approach to the waterfall in May 1816:

    `Long before we reached the cataract itself we could distinctly hear the thundering echo of the rushing water. The gill or torrent which supplies the cascade, takes its rise in the mountains behind Ambleside, and flows in a narrow channel through an opening of rocks, partially concealed by overhanging trees. Having reached the station which appears in the right foreground of the annexed engraving, we looked upwards to the height of about 300 feet. The torrent divides into two distinct streams, separated by a rocky yet verdant island, about 40 feet wide, covered with moss and shrubs and foaming with a tremendous noise. After falling about one hundred and fifty feet, the streams unite, and are dashed from rock to rock into a dark gulph....'

    Another Lake District view by Farington, `Landscape, Westmorland', also dated 1781, executed in black and white chalk and on the same sized sheet is in the Norwich Castle Museum (see Joseph Farington - Watercolours and drawings, exhibition catalogue, 1977, no.14). The Walker Galleries's 1922 exhibition included nineteen `views in Cumberland in chalk' including the present drawing, of which six were upright

    Purchased Walker Galleries, 1961;
    Private Collection, Yorkshire, until 2006

    London, Walker Galleries, Joseph Farington, 24th April - 12th May 1922, no.97
  • Rochester Castle, Kent -

    Inscribed on border lower right: Rochester Castle
    pen and grey ink and washes
    20.3 by 15.2cm., 8 by 6 inches

    This drawing dates from Farington's tour down the Thames to the Medway towns from 19th to 28th September 1794. Farington was at Rochester on the morning of 24th September but the weather was showery so he took the 1.30pm boat from Rochester to Sheerness. He returned to London via Maidstone and Tonbridge (see K. Garlick and A. Macintyre (edited), The Diary of Joseph Farington, vol. I, 1978, p.238-9). Another view of Rochester by Farington dated 24th September 1794 was sold at Sotheby's on 19th November 1992, lot 73
  • On the River Scheldt at Antwerp -

    Signed lower left: View at Antwerp.- Jos: Farington. Sept.r 1793.

    Pen and brown and grey ink and pencil

    23 x 37.8 cm., 9 x 14 ? inches


     Farington?s diary records that he left London on a trip to Valenciennes on 11th August 1793. He had been commissioned to produce views of the town by the published John Boydell and arrived there on 21st August. He then visited Brussels and spent the 3rd to the 7th August in Antwerp. He continued to Ghent, Bruges, then took the boat home from Ostend and was back in London on 14th September. Two views of Bruges by Farington, dated 11th September 1793, are in the British Museum (see Joseph Farington ? Watercolours and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, 1977, p.71, nos. 79 and 80). The tower in the foreground is part of the old fortifications of the city of which the castle Het Steen is the only part remaining, with the tower of the Cathedral in the distance.


    This drawing may originate from a sketchbook sold in the Tyrwhitt sale at Puttick & Simpson on 9th December 1921, which was inscribed: `The sketches contained in this volume were made during an excursion to Flanders in the months of August and September 1793.... These drawings were made for Messrs. Boydells, who at the time proposed to have engravings executed from them.?

  • Study of a Manor House -

    Signed lower left: Joseph Farington/Sept.r 10th 1786

    Pen and brown ink and watercolour with original pen and ink mount

    19.2 x 24.6 cm., 9 x 14 ? in.



    Ruskin Gallery, Stratford-upon-Avon


    This drawing dates from Farington?s tour of north-west England in the summer of 1786. A view of the same house, also dated 10th September is in the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester (see Joseph Farington ? Watercolours and Drawings, exhibition catalogue, 1977, p.43, no.30, ill. p.85). A view of Lancaster from this tour, dated August 1786, is in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (op. cit., no.23) and a view `At Nunnery in Cumberland?, dated 20th August, was sold at Sotheby?s on 6th June 2007, lot 179 for ?6,240.

  • Dumbarton Rock from the South -

    Inscribed lower centre: South View of Dumbarton Castle Oct.br 11th 1788

    Pen and grey ink and watercolour with original washline mount

    38.3 by 68.3cm., 15 by 26 ?  inches



    With Spink Leger, London, circa 1995;

    Private Collection until 2011


    This is one of a group of views taken at or near Dumbarton on Farington?s Scottish tour in the autumn of 1788. He was there for over three months due to a project to publish a book of engravings of Scottish scenes. Two views of Dumbarton Castle are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford and Glasgow Museums and Art Galleries and a large watercolour `Towards Dumbarton? dated 7th October 1788 is in the Whitworth Art Gallery, University of Manchester (see Joseph Farington ? Watercolours and Drawings, Exhibition Catalogue, 1977, nos. 37-39, pp. 48-49).


    The high twin-peaked volcanic plug of Dumbarton Rock stands south of the town of Dumbarton with the River Clyde on one side and the River Leven on the other. Early Britons had a fortress here before the Romans, and it was home to a military base as recently as World War II.  Dumbarton Castle is made up of several garrison buildings including the Governor's House built in 1735 which can clearly be seen, along with several gun batteries built to defend the access of the Clyde. Of the various buildings also erected at the time in the cleft between the peaks, only the "French Prison" remains.

  • Miss Western and Mr Square – a Scene from Tom Jones -

    Inscribed verso: Mifs Western & Square/Tom Jones

    Pen and brown ink and grey wash

    20.9 by 28.7 cm., 8 by 11 1/4 inches


    Farington took an interest in the career of Robert Smirke and helped him become a member of the Royal Academy. They collaborated on a number of projects in the 1790s with Farington drawing the landscape and Smirke the figures. They made illustrations for five scenes from Shakespeare’s Merry Wives of Windsorfor Boydell’s Shakespeare Gallery (see Joseph Farington – Watercolours and Drawings, Exhibition Catalogue, 1977, nos. 81-82, ill. pp. 114-5). They also worked on illustrations for Tom Jones, the 1749 novel by Henry Fielding. A drawing of Square’s courtship of Mrs Blifil by Farington and Smirke was sold at Sotheby’s on 10th March 1988, lot 39.

  • A Mill on a River -

    Signed lower left: Jos: Farington 1790

    Pen and grey and brown ink and watercolour with original washline mount

    25.7 by 28.1 cm., 10 by 11 inches


    Provenance: Anonymous sale, Christie’s, 24th June 1955,  with another Farington of a Worcester view also dated 1790;

    Peter Paget Rhodes, F.S.A., his Estate sale, Christie’s, 11th July 1989, lot 128;

    Geoffrey Evans, Weston-Super-Mare

  • Travellers in a Wood -

    Travellers in a Wood


    Pen and brown ink and watercolour

    300 x 288 mm, 12 x 11 ½ in.

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