Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View of the Spot from which Hannibal is said to have looked at Rome
Date
1781
Medium
Pencil (?), watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 245mm,
  • image length 387mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “No.54 Francis Towne del. 1781”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.54. The Spot where Hannibal is said to have lookt at Rome from. Drawn by Francis Towne on the spot 1781.”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT284
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until sold anonymously at Foster’s on 27 July 1910, lot 151 (a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793 and a drawing by an unidentified pupil), for 25s. to Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.41), whose descendants sold it in 1996 with the rest of Oppé’s collection to the present owner, the Tate Gallery (T08250).

Associated People & Organisations

Tate, London, 1996, T08250
Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), 27 July 1910, GBP 25s, no.41
Foster's auctioneers (1883 - 1940), 27 July 1910, lot 151
Sold as a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793 and a drawing by an unidentified pupil
Exhibition History
Forty Drawings of Roman Scenes by British Artists (1715-1850) from Originals in the British Museum in the Esposizione internationale di Belle Arti, 1911, no. II, 47
Exhibition of Selected Watercolour Drawings by Artists of the Early English School, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1921, no. 39
Catalogue of a collection of pictures, drawings, furniture and works of art of the Empire and Regency period : select examples of Romano-British art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1929, no. 18
67th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1940, no. 25
Early English Drawings and Watercolours from the Collection of Paul Oppe Esq., Graves Art Gallery, 1952, no. 61
Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, Royal Academy, 1958, no. 90
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 145
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 82 repr fig 31

Comment

The drawing was cleaned and repaired in 1971–73 at the British Museum, during which period the verso inscription was discovered.

by Richard Stephens

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