Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Convent of S. Eframo Vecchio
Date
1793
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 324mm,
  • image length 495mm
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “[“Francis Towne” scratched out] / del 1783”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Convent of S. Eframo Vecchio, Victoria and Albert Museum
Catalogue Number
FT395
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until bought in 1922 by the present owner, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (D.1922.28).

Associated People & Organisations

Manchester Museum & the Whitworth, University of Manchester, Manchester, 1922, D.1922.28
Exhibition History
Loan Exhibition of Water Colour Drawings from the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester in Aid of the Funds of the Gallery, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1954, no. 20
English Watercolours, 1750-1850, Norwich Castle Museum, 1955, no. 15
Bibliography
T. D. Barlow, Twenty early English water-colour drawings in the Whitworth Art Gallery: Manchester, 1951, no. 7
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 79, 136

Comment

This is a copy of the 1781 Naples drawing (FT241), although the original sketch has been so highly worked on in Towne’s later years that it has the character of a watercolour later in date than this copy of it.

by Richard Stephens

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