Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Ariccia
Date
1784
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
  • image height 340mm,
  • image length 490mm
Inscription
  • canvas, recto
  • signed and dated “1784”
Inscription
  • canvas, verso
  • indistinct
Object Type
Oil painting

Collection
Versions
Arricia, British Museum
Catalogue Number
FT410
Description Sources
Spink records; Witt Library (image)

Provenance

Commissioned by James Curtis in 1784 and thereafter untraced until sold at Sotheby’s on 22 December 1971, lot 203, for £800 to Spink & Son, who sold it on 16 June 1972 to a UK art dealer for £1,485. In 1997 it was in a private collection, San Fransisco.

Associated People & Organisations

Spink & Son, London, London, 22 December 1971, GBP 800
Sotheby's, London, London, 22 December 1971
lot 203
James Curtis, 1784
Private Collection, San Francisco
Bibliography
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 58

Comment

This is a version in oil of the sketch of Ariccia dated 11 July 1781 (FT297), which Towne inscribed: “A Copy of this painted on canvas for James Curtis Esqr. 1784.”

by Richard Stephens

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