Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View in the New Forest
Date
1800/06/14
Medium
Pencil (?), wash
Dimensions
  • image height 273mm,
  • image length 197mm
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / June 14th. 1800”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Versions
A Study in the New Forest, after Francis Towne, Private Collection
Catalogue Number
FT622
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Witt Library (image)

Provenance

Sold by Dr Gregory at Sotheby’s at an unspecified date before 1949. At some point prior to Gregory the drawing was owned by H. C. Lawrence. By 1949 it was in the collection of T. H. Smythe (perhaps a relation—or a mistake for—Canon F. H. D. Smythe?), who sold it at Sotheby’s on 9 February 1955 for £50 to Walter Augustus Brandt (1902–1978). The drawing is thereafter untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Walter Augustus Brandt (1902 - 1978), 9 February 1955, GBP 50
Sotheby's, London, London, 9 February 1955
T. H. Smythe, 1949
Dr Gregory
H. C. Lawrence

Comment

This is a view in the New Forest and was copied by Louisa Drury in 1802 (FT881a). Drury’s version uses brown, grey, and blue washes, probably following Towne’s original.

The brush hatchings used in the foreground are similar to those used in two London drawings of 1797 (FT591, FT593).

by Richard Stephens

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