Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View by Moonlight
Date
No date
Medium
Pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 159mm,
  • image length 197mm
Support
on paper watermarked with an ornamented fleur-de-lis and a Whatman cypher
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne. / delt 1792”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “a View by Moonlight / in the Bunhay at Exeter / Francis Towne delt
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT571
Description Sources
Examination; Bower 1998; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until bought by Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.507) at Foster’s on 9 March 1916 and sold by his descendants in 1996 with the rest of Oppé’s collection to the present owner, the Tate Gallery (T08572).

Associated People & Organisations

Tate, London, 1996, T08572
Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), 9 March 1916, no.507
Foster's auctioneers (1883 - 1940), 27 July 1910
Sold as a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793 and a drawing by an unidentified pupil.
Exhibition History
Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, Royal Academy, 1958, no. 101
Bibliography
Peter Bower, 'Drawing Paper in the 18th and 19th centuries: Papers from the Opp_ Collection, part 2', The Quarterly Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians: [?] London, 1998, p. 19
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 146
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 125
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 128

Comment

The Bonhay was an area on the southern edge of Exeter near the new bridge. Oppé considered this an “unusual attempt for water-colour . . . naif in parts but remarkable for the dryness with which the darkness is treated and some success in the representation of moonlight on the water”.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Oppé 1920, p.125.

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