Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View in Ugbrooke Park
1774/10/04 - 1775
Pen and black ink, grey wash
  • image width 286mm,
  • image length 451mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne 1775”
  • verso
  • “No 4 / A View in Ugbrooke Park. The seat of the Right Honble Lord Clifford / Drawn on the spot by Francis Towne / Oct the 4th 1774”
  • Inscribed on “the modern backing”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Tate catalogue (image)


Commissioned by Hugh, 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1726–1783), and descended to the present owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Hugh Clifford, 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1726 - 1783)
Private Collection
Exhibition History
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 75
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 2
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 140
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 38


This is a view of the park from the Danish encampment looking south towards the lakes and house. It is one of several works commissioned by Lord Clifford in the first half of the 1770s which represent parts of Ugbrooke Park untouched by Clifford’s landscape developments.

Towne has featured three huntsmen and a dog at bottom left and figures making their way down the hill in the centre, all drawn in the manner of Bolognese draughtsmen of the seventeenth century.1 The study for Towne’s drawing, which must have been made on 4 October 1774, has not survived.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Wilcox went further, suggesting that Towne’s source was La Grande Chasse, an etching by Jacques Callot: Wilcox 1997, p.38.

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