Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A View of Tivoli
  • View of Tivoli, from the neighbouring hills
Date
1781/05
Medium
Pencil, pen and black and grey inks, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 387mm,
  • image length 504mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “No31 / Francis Towne delt / 1781”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No31 Italy / A View of Tivoli drawn on the Spot / May 1781 Francis Towne”
  • in dark brown ink
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT267
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1818 to the present owner, the British Museum (Nn,3.9).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1818, Nn,3.9
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
Bibliography
Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists and Artists of Foreign Origin Working in Great Britain Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Trustees of the British Museum: London, 1907, p. 203
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 80, 111, 127

Comment

The same scene, of Tivoli with Rome visible on the horizon, was painted by many artists, including Thomas Jones and Jacob More.1 The Monastery of Sant’Antonio (FT265), featured on the crest of the right-hand hill in Jones’s view, is just beyond the right edge of this picture. The two drawings feature what appears to be the same foreground tree. Another Tivoli view (FT270a) shows some of the same buildings.

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Thomas Jones, Tivoli, 1777 (Sumner & Smith 2003); Jacob More, Tivoli, late 1770s? (Andrew 1993).

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