- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View from Millbank
- ca. 1797
- Pencil, pen and black and brown inks, watercolour
- image height 184mm,
- image length 222mm
- two sheets, watermarked “1794” (left) and “1796” (right), mounted by the artist on paper watermarked “1801”
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto
- “F.Towne / delt”
- in black ink
- artist's mount, verso
- “A View from Millbank the Thames Batersea Bridge & Church in the Distance / taken in the Morning of a hot Day drawn by Francis Towne on the Spot”
- Object Type
This drawing was owned by Helen Alice Dorothy Barlow (1887/1888–1975; see also 71), who presented it to Major J. K. Nairn, who with cousins presented it in November 1971 to the Courtauld Institute of Art (D.1971.XX.11), the present owner. Its earlier provenance is unclear, but it was exhibited for sale at Agnew’s in 1940, as it was illustrated in the Listener (25 July 1940). It may have been acquired by Sir Thomas Barlow, Bt (1845–1945), but the Courtauld Institute records that the drawing’s frame once indicated that it had been exhibited as no.52 in a Fine Art Society exhibition of 1946, although if so it must have been ex cat. The Courtauld also noted a number, 10172 (evidently not from Agnew’s or the Fine Art Society in 1946, both of whom were then issuing four digit numbers starting with a 4).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Courtauld Gallery, London, London, November 1971, D.1971.XX.11
- Major J. K. Nairn
- Helen Alice Dorothy Barlow (1887/88 - 1975)
- [?] Sir Thomas Barlow (1845 - 1945), 1940
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1940
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 15 or 16 as 'From Millbank'
- 67th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1940
- English Landscape Drawings and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, 1977, no. 13
- English Landscape and Watercolours, Courtauld Gallery, 1979, no. 30
- The Romantic Windmill, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, 1993, no. 11
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