Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A Mill near Holnicote
Date
1786/12/22
Medium
Pen and black ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 165mm,
  • image length 210mm
Support
laid paper
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • “F Towne delt / 1786”
  • in brown ink
Inscription
  • label, verso
  • “A Mill near Holnicote / Taken at 4 O Clock Decr. 22. 1786 / by / Francis Towne”
  • in brown ink on a label attached to the modern frame
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT453
Description Sources
Chris Beetles records (image); John Spink catalogue; Examination

Provenance

Untraced prior to its exhibition at Chris Beetles Ltd in 2001. It was offered for sale for £28,000 by John Spink in November 2005 and was acquired by an English private collector in 2014.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, November 2005, GBP 28000
John Spink, London, November 2005
Chris Beetles, London, 2001
Exhibition History
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 8
Chris Beetles Gallery, 8-10 Ryder St, London SW1Y 6QB, 2001, no. 1

Comment

This is a sketch of Piles Mill near Allerford (fig.1), now a National Trust property.

Presumably the label bearing the inscription was once stuck to the drawing or else is a fragment of the original mount, now lost, which also included the rest of the inscription.

1931

Figure 1.
Anonymous Photographer, Piles Mill, Somerset, 1931


Digital image courtesy of www.windmillworld.com

by Richard Stephens

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