William Payne (British 1760-1833)

A ruined castle on a hill in a river landscape



Signed verso in pen and brown ink: W. Payne, watercolour over pencil

21.1 x 29.7 cm

Blair Castle, Blair Atholl, Scotland


One of four available rural landscapes by William Payne. These watercolours are in exceptional condition as they have never been kept in the light and are picturesque composition based on the Devon landscape which Payne painted habitually. They are late works, executed without Payne’s characteristic pen and grey ink outline seen in his earlier watercolours, and probably date from circa 1810-1820.

The group was probably inherited by Lady Emily Frances Percy, daughter of the 2nd Duke of Northumberland who in 1810 married James, 1st Lord Glenlyon, and was the mother of George, 6th Duke of Atholl. The estate of Werrington, near Launceston was acquired by the 1st Duke of Northumberland and this may explain the family’s patronage of the artist.

See the group of four works