Ulswater and Liulph’s Tower
Coloured aquatint15 September 1815
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About the artist
John Pye the younger was a line engraver from Birmingham, who specialised in landscapes and topographical views after contemporary artists. He moved to London in 1801 and initially worked as an assistant to the etcher, line and stipple engraver James Heath (1757-1834). Pye’s best known works are his engravings after the paintings of J. W. M. Turner (1775-1851).
Joseph Farington was born in Leigh, Lancashire, son of the vicar of Leigh and rector of Warrington. He was educated in Manchester and studied under Richard Wilson in London from 1763. He entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1769 and became an Academician in 1785. His strength was in pen, ink and wash drawings of topographical views. He made extensive sketching tours of the UK and settled in the North Country from 1776. Works made there led to the publication ‘Views of the Lakes of Cumberland and Westmorland’ (1785). In 1780 he suffered a breakdown after his wife died. In the next year he moved to London. He died on a visit to his brother in Lancashire, when he fell down steps at Didsbury Church. His personal diaries were published in 1934.