J M W Turner

Charles Townley (1737-1805) engaged Turner to come to Lancashire in 1799 to illustrate the first book by his friend and neighbour, Thomas Dunham Whitaker of The Holme in Cliviger. This was The History of Whalley first published in 1801. Turner stayed with Whitaker at Holme and visited Towneley to sketch the Hall.

The result of Turner's visit is one of four watercolours by Turner in the Towneley Art collection:

A further watercolour by Turner, WA/Co 51 Sherburne Chapel, Mitton Church, was stolen from Towneley on 2 September 1986 and has not been recovered.


Author: tk - October 2018