Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View in Ugbrooke Park
Date
1774/10/04 - 1775
Medium
Pen and black ink, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 286mm,
  • image length 451mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne 1775”
Inscription
  • 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

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT053
Description Sources
Examination; Tate catalogue (image)

Provenance

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
Bibliography
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

Comment

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

Footnotes

  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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