Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A small Landscape
Date
1775
Medium
[?] Oil painting
Object Type
Oil painting

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT048
Description Sources
1775 Royal Academy (313)
Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Exhibition History
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1775, no. 314 as 'A small landscape, its companion'

Comment

Towne had two pictures in the 1775 Royal Academy exhibition, his first showing at the organisation: nos.313, A small landscape after nature, and 314, A small landscape, its companion. It is possible that one of these is the picture that was in Colonel Grant’s collection (FT047), although it is little more than a suggestion. Neither of the exhibits was marked for sale in the catalogue, so perhaps they were commissions from Towne’s Devon customers. Horace Walpole considered 313 “good” and 314 “very natural, free and well coloured”.1 A newspaper critic wrote: “Abstracted from a pou [sic], we think that Mr Town has countryfied these views with some judgement and taste.”2 Towne’s address, as in previous years at the Society of Artists of Great Britain, was given as “At Mr. Pars’s, Percy-Street”.

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Transcript at Witt Library.
  2. 2 London Evening Post, 6 May 1775.

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