Lancaster from the Aqueduct

Joseph Mallord William Turner, 1825 about

LL 3774

About this object

This watercolour was one of the first made by Turner for the ambitious print series 'Picturesque Views in England and Wales'. It ended in 1838 when the project ran out of money. Ninety-six of the intended 120 views had been published.

This series of topographical views reveals a lot about daily life in Britain at the time. The images illustrate the changes in the regions during the industrial revolution. In this view the resting canal and barge workers in the foreground are contrasted with the farm hands working in the fields behind them.

Object specifics

  • Other title(s)
    Lancaster, from the Canal Aquaduct; Lancaster, from the Canal Aqueduct
  • Artist(s)
    Joseph Mallord William Turner (British: English, born:probably 23 April 1775, died:19 December 1851)
  • Date
    1825 about
  • Materials
    Watercolour; Gum arabic; Paper; Scratching out
  • Measurements
    paper: 34 cm x 50.5 cm; image: 28.5 cm x 39.5 cm
  • Physical description
    An extensive view from the River Lune Aqueduct, from which the river winds towards Lancaster; the town is sillouetted against the sky, on a hill in the far distance. The river passes through a six-spanned bridge in the middle distance. In the foreground there are figures and a horse resting. Farm labourers are working in the fields just beyond them.
  • Related people
    Agnew's Gallery (Previous owner); Boswell (Previous owner); Charles Langton (Previous owner); William Leech (Previous owner); William Hesketh Lever (Previous owner); James Orrock (Previous owner); Francis Stevenson (Previous owner); Joseph Mallord William Turner (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    Out of Use Accession Number: WHL 227
  • Credit line
    Purchased by William Hesketh Lever in 1907
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Collection
    From the Lady Lever Art Gallery collections

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Publications

  • British Watercolours and Drawings: Lord Leverhulme's Collection in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

    Jessica Feather

    Author: Jessica Feather
    Publisher: Liverpool University Press & National Museums Liverpool
    Date: 2010
    Description: Lord Leverhulme's Collection catalogue of Watercolours and Drawings in the Lady Lever Art Gallery

Ownership

Previous owners

  • William Hesketh Lever

    Owned from: 1907
    How acquired: Purchased from Agnews
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1907
    Disposal method: Sold to the Lever on 22 February 1907
  • Boswell

    Owned from: 1904
    How acquired: Purchased at Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 42
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • James Orrock

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1904
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 4 June 1904, Lot 42
  • Francis Stevenson

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1887
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 21 May 1887
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
  • William Leech

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1887
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 21 May 1887, Lot 67
  • Agnew's Gallery

    Owned from: 1862
    How acquired: Purchased from Christie's on 17 May 1862
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Possibly sold to William Leech
  • Charles Langton

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1862
    Disposal method: Sold at Christie's on 17 May 1862, Lot 104
Object view = Fine Art
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