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Small Sketchbook: Northern Italy, Switzerland, Savoy and Germany, August and September 1781

Richard Stephens

Towne used a laid paper measuring ca. 155 x 210 mm throughout his travels back to England, and organised these sketches into a single sequence, thirty-three examples of which survive. The sequence begins with a view of Civita Castellana dated 1 August (FT298) and the latest surviving number, on an undated view of the Rhine, is 59 (FT342). For information about Towne's journey from Rome to England in August and September 1781, see 2: On the Continent, 1780-1.

About the author

  • In 2006 Richard Stephens was awarded a PhD at Birkbeck College, London, for his thesis, A Catalogue Raisonné of The Works of Francis Towne, on which this website is based. In 2016 he curated the exhibition Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome at the British Museum, London. He edits The art world in Britain 1660 to 1735, published by the University of York.

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Article title
Small Sketchbook: Northern Italy, Switzerland, Savoy and Germany, August and September 1781
Author
Richard Stephens
Date
09/02/2016
Article DOI
https://doi.org/10.17658/towne/s2e6
Cite as
Richard Stephens, "Small Sketchbook: Northern Italy, Switzerland, Savoy and Germany, August and September 1781", A Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Towne (1739-1816), (London: Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, 2016), https://doi.org/10.17658/towne/s2e6

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