Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Bissone, on Lake Lugano
Date
ca. 1781/08/24
Medium
Pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 155mm,
  • image length 210mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • “F.Towne / delt 1781 No 17”
  • in brown ink
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No 17 / Besoni on the Lake of Lugano / drawn on the Spot by / Francis Towne August 24. 1781”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT309
Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby's records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until August 1952 when “recently acquired” by E. S. Hargreaves of West Kirby, Cheshire, and in the collection of J. Pierce Higgins before 1960. On 1 July 1960 it was acquired “from a UK private individual” by Spink, where on 31 October 1960 it was purchased for £140 by Geoffrey Fenwick Jocelyn Cumberlege (1891–1979), whose wife sold it at Sotheby’s on 8 April 1998, lot 44, whereafter it is untraced. The Art Sales Index records the sale at Christie’s on 11 November 1958, lot 147, to Abbott for £110 of Bisone on the Lake of Lugano, which is probably this drawing.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Sotheby's, London, London, 8 April 1998, lot 44
[?] Private Collection, 11 November 1958, GBP 110
The Art Sales Index records the sale to “Abbott”
[?] Christie's, London, London, 11 November 1958, lot 147
Geoffrey Fenwick Jocelyn Cumberlege (1891 - 1979), 31 October 1960, £140
It was sold by Spink
Spink & Son, London, London, 1 July 1960
J. Pierce Higgins, 1960
E. S. Hargreaves, August 1952
Exhibition History
Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 114 or 115 as 'Besoni on the Lake of Lugano'
Bibliography
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 89

Comment

Bissone is a small town on the south-east border of Lake Lugano.

by Richard Stephens

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