Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View of the Bay of Naples with the Island of Capri
Date
1789
Medium
Pencil, watercolour, mounted by the artist
Dimensions
  • image height 394mm,
  • image length 537mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne. / delt. 1789”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “A view of the Bay of Naples with the Island of Caprea”
  • signed, and dated
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
The Island of Capri, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT558
Description Sources
Christie's records (image)

Provenance

Probably commissioned by John Short of Bickham on 6 February 1788 for 8 guineas, and thereafter untraced until offered by the executors of the Montague Meyer family collection at Christie’s on 18 June 1980, lot 68b, where it did not sell, but was sold at Christie’s on 17 November 1981, lot 107, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 17 November 1981, lot 107
Christie's, London, London, 18 June 1980, lot 68b
Unsold
Montague Meyer ( - 1961), June 1980
[?] John Jeffrey Short (1753 - 1801), Bickham, Minehead, Somerset, 6 February 1788, GBP 8 guineas

Comment

This is the latest of three versions of FT240 (see also FT414, FT451). Judging by the dates, this is probably the one Towne mentioned in his inscription on FT240 as having been commissioned by John Short.

by Richard Stephens

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