attributed to Francis Towne
  • A Mill
No date
Pencil, watercolour
  • image width 210mm,
  • image width 285mm
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Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)


Untraced until sold at Sotheby’s on 2 July 1955, lot 48, for £12 to Agnew’s (no.8027) on behalf of Henry Charles Green (1883/1884–1966), who sold it at Sotheby’s on 18 October 1961, lot 176. It was again sold at Sotheby’s on 12 March 1987, lot 113, for £3,000. It is thereafter untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 12 March 1987, GBP 3000
Sotheby's, London, London, 12 March 1987, lot 113
Sotheby's, London, London, 18 October 1961, lot 176
Henry Charles Green (1883/84 - 1966), 2 July 1955
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 2 July 1955, GBP 12, no.8027
Acquired on behalf of Henry Charles Green.
Sotheby's, London, London, 2 July 1955, lot 48


This may well be the work of a pupil and the attribution has been in doubt since 1955, when the drawing was entered in Agnew’s Drawing Book as by Towne, but this was crossed out and replaced by White Abbott’s name. There is something unconvincing about the drawing of the main waterwheel, and the church in the left background. However, it is difficult to judge without seeing a good quality image, in colour. It would not be surprising if this turned out to be a work of the 1790s, when Towne was feeling his way towards a pure watercolour style. The water and the solidness of the mill and other buildings look somewhat like FT803.

by Richard Stephens

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