Farington, Joseph ___ 1747-1821 ___ British ___ painter

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Farington was born in Leigh, Lancashire, the second of seven sons of William Farington, the local vicar, and Esther Gildbody. After studying in Manchester, he went to train with Richard Wilson in London and won several prizes, awarded by the Society of Artists, for landscape drawings. He joined the Royal Academy when it was founded in 1769 and remained an active member for most of his life. In 1776, he married Susan Mary Hamond, a relative of the Walpole family, but they had no children. In 1785, he published ‘Views of the Lakes of Cumberland and Westmorland’, and, then years later, a ‘History of the River Thames’. He also contributed to other volumes of artworks, including ‘Views in Cornwall’. Several of his paintings can be found in Tate Britain. However, Farington is particularly remembered for his diary, which he kept from 1793, which provides a vivid picture of the London art world in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.
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1793-1820 ___ society art people

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British Library, Manuscripts Collection - 1794

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The Diary of Joseph Farington
The Farington Diary
 

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