F.C. Tottie, Hirzel nr Horgen, Lake Zurich – Original 1857 graphite drawing

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F.C. Tottie, Hirzel nr Horgen, Lake Zurich – Original 1857 graphite drawing

An original 1857 graphite drawing, Frances Catherine Tottie, Hirzel nr Horgen, Lake Zurich.

An attractive view across to Hirzel on the south bank of the Lake of Zurich. On pale green paper, laid down on backing paper.

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Signed: No.

Inscribed: Inscribed and dated at the lower edge of the drawing and below on the backing paper.

Dated: Dated 1857.

Height: 15.7cm (6.2″) Width: 19.8cm (7.8″)

Condition: In good condition for its age.

Presented: Unframed.

Fanny Tottie: 1840s Landscapes

This drawing forms part of a collection of works by Frances Catherine Tottie (b.1824), known as Fanny, a wealthy Yorkshire lady with connections to noted local artist George Walker (1781–1856).

Fanny Tottie (née Garforth) was daughter of James Garforth, for whom Coniston Hall near Gargrave, North Yorkshire was built. Fanny's grandfather, Peter Garforth, was the wealthy owner of Bell Busk Mill and backer of the Leeds-Liverpool Canal.

Fanny married John William Tottie, of Leeds, a JP and Barrister (the only son of Thomas William Tottie, a prominent Leeds solicitor). Her father died prematurely in 1852, and thereafter Fanny and John Tottie took up residence at Coniston Hall.

Fanny Tottie evidently had a taste and eye for the picturesque. She travelled extensively around the British Isles, including her native Yorkshire, Devon, North Wales, Scotland, and Ireland. She also travelled further afield in Alpine Switzerland.

This interesting collection of graphite drawings includes, amongst others, English views at Bolton Abbey, Scarborough Castle, Corfe Castle and Dartmoor; Welsh views in Snowdonia; Scottish views in Fife, Kincardineshire and Mull; and Irish views near Dublin and in Connemara. Swiss landscapes include picturesque views at the Lakes of Lucerne, Zurich and Brienz, and the towns of Interlacken and Zug.

Fanny Tottie had connections to artist George Walker, who lived at Killingbeck Lodge in Leeds. Walker, best known for his local subjects and his commission to illustrate 'The Costume of Yorkshire', 1814, also travelled to Italy, Switzerland and France. It is likely that Fanny Tottie was influenced by, or even taught by, George Walker.

We also have a number of fine watercolours by Fanny Tottie herself, and paintings by different hands which were likely collected by Fanny through her acquaintances and travels. The signature pictured was on the cover of the portfolio which contained the drawings.

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