AN Ambleside library and museum is attempting to purchase a piece of artistic history whilst also reopening and relaunching its exhibitions.

The Armitt Library & Museum has announced its upcoming Visions of Land exhibition which will see numerous pieces of work on display, including paintings, drawings, and watercolours from the Armitt’s collection.

Some pieces will be provided by Armitt trustees

The centrepiece of the exhibition is an 18th century view of Windermere by the artist Francis Towne.

The beautiful piece of work depicts a view across the head of Windermere from Lowwood with the Crinkle Crags, Bowfell and the Langdale Pikes in the far distance.

The museum is currently applying for a grant to acquire this watercolour for £10,000.

Charles Nugent. Trustee of the Armitt Library & Museum said: “Towne, whose use of pure watercolour in some ways anticipates modern techniques, was largely forgotten after his death until his rediscovery in the 20th century.

“The chance for a small museum like the Armitt to acquire this work by an artist who has become very sought after is very exciting, and particularly at this price, since works by Towne have made substantially more than £10,000 in recent years.

“Towne visited the Lake District for the only time in August 1786, and watercolours from the sketchbook he kept on this trip are now widely scattered, as the sheets from it were removed, mounted and exhibited.

"We have a new Curator and Manager Faye Morrissey, who is keen to engage with the public and with the media which will help to increase our footfall.

"Visitors are the Armitt’s only source of income."

The exhibition will be open on Thursday, July 22, to Sunday between 10.00am to 5.00pm.