Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View at Pynes
Date
1778
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, brown wash
Dimensions
  • image height 271mm,
  • image length 372mm
Mount
mounted by the artist on paper watermarked "J WHATMAN"
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • "F.Towne. 1778."
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • "A View at Pines the seat of Sir Stafford Northcote Bart. near Exeter / Francis Towne 1778"
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Versions
A View at Pynes, after Francis Towne, Tate Gallery
Catalogue Number
FT143
Description Sources
Author's examination of the object

Provenance

Untraced until bought by Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.450) on 27 June 1914, lot 201, for £1 14s., among some 1770s Italian landscape drawings by John Downman. Oppé’s descendants sold the drawing in 1996 with the rest of Paul Oppé’s collection to its present owner, the Tate Gallery, London (T08527).

Associated People & Organisations

Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957)
Tate
Exhibition History
76th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1949, no. 35
Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, Royal Academy, 1958, no. 102
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 147
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 105
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 156

Comment

Pynes, a house in the Cowley Bridge district north of Exeter very near Barton Place, was the seat of Sir Stafford Northcote (1762–1851), who later married Jaquetta Baring. A copy of this drawing was made in 1778 by Ann Sanders (FT859), who, as Mrs Fortescue, commissioned several views of Rome from Towne in the mid-1780s. According to Revd John Swete in 1789, Pynes “within the last ten years has undergone very great changes and by the modern style of improvement has been shown off to wonderful advantage”.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Quoted Gray 1995, p.186.

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