Joseph Farington (British, Lancashire 1747–1821 Lancashire)
Pen and ink, and brush and wash, over graphite
sheet: 14 1/8 x 20 7/8 in. (35.9 x 53 cm)
Purchase, PECO Foundation Gift, 2011
Not on view
This expressive study centers on a waterfall in Lanarkshire, Scotland (linn is Gaelic for "falls"). Squared for transfer, the image must have been intended as the foundation of a finished work. It includes techniques that range from freely applied pen and ink (for foreground foliage), brush and wash (to indicate shade), and graphite (for the falls). Reserved paper suggests light falling from the left and represents patches of moving water. Few Englishmen ventured so far north at the time, but Farington sketched along the rivers Forth and Clyde in the summer of 1788, planning aquatints for a final volume in a set titled History of the Principal Rivers of Great Britain. Unfortunately, the French Revolutionary war affected the print trade and the volume devoted to Scotland never materialized.
Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings
Inscription: Inscribed lower left in ink: “Cories Lynn / a fall of the Clyde” and in graphite: “1788”; the whole sheet squared in graphite
H. Jefferson Barnes CBE (British); Vendor: W.S Fine Art Ltd. / Andrew Wyld (British)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 27, 2012–November 18, 2012.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," August 8, 2017–November 20, 2017.
The Artist and the River Clyde. Exh. cat. Helensburgh District Arts Club, 1958, cat. no. 2.
Scenic Aspects of the River Clyde. Exh. cat. Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum, 1972, cat. no. 34.