Special Exhibition: A Celebration of Watercolours


Exhibition open from 1 September to 23 December 2017


The W.W. Spooner Charitable Trust, established in memory of the engineer and art-lover William Wycliffe Spooner, has long supported the collection of paintings, prints and drawings by the Wordsworth Trust. Highlights from the latest Spooner-assisted acquisitions are on display here to mark the fiftieth anniversary of Spooner’s death on 17 September 1967.

The subject matter of these paintings is relevant to the life and writings of William Wordsworth: people connected with the poet; those who inspired his poetry and prose; and the places that played vital roles in the shaping of his mind and character.  

John White Abbott - Hill Cragg on Grasmere Lake - 12 July 1791 - Pen and grey ink and watercolour

A view of Ullswater, unpopulated save for a couple of tourists disembarking from their boat, shows the lake that Wordsworth knew and loved from boyhood. A drawing by artist Henry Bright of a farmhouse and barn at Troutbeck records a typical group of buildings such as the poet passed on many of his walks; those that lived and used these modest buildings frequently provided inspiration for Wordsworth’s work.

Unknown Artist (amateur) - Tourists Disembarking from a Boat on Ullswater - c.1800 - Watercolour

The Wordsworth Trust is immensely grateful to The W.W. Spooner Charitable Trust for its generous assistance in collecting these works, and many more, over the last 16 years.