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This painting, which was painted for exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1786, provides a complete contrast to the artist's earlier depiction of Windermere which also hangs at Abbot Hall. This gentle setting emphasises the softly rolling, wooded fells, Claife Heights, surrounding the calm and idyllic lake. The scene includes fashionable tourists sailing in a yacht, as well as local farming people boarding the ferry.
oil on canvas
H 136 x W 209.5 cm
purchased with the assistance of the Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grant Fund, the National Art Collections Fund, the Friends of Abbot Hall and the National Heritage Memorial Fund, 1988