Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Going up Mount Splugen
Date
ca. 1781
Medium
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour with gum, scratching out
Dimensions
  • image height 213mm,
  • image length 333mm
Support
two sheets
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • “Francis Towne / delt. 1781”
  • in black ink
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Going up Mount Splugen / drawn on the Spot / by / Francis Towne 1781”
  • the year in black ink, the rest in brown ink
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT327
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until sold anonymously at Foster’s on 27 July 1910, lot 151 (FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793, FT862) for 25s. to Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.50), whose descendants sold it in 1996 with the rest of Oppé’s collection to the present owner, the Tate Gallery (T08570).

Associated People & Organisations

Tate, London, 1996, T08570
Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), London, 27 July 1910, GBP 25s, no.50
Foster's auctioneers (1883 - 1940), 27 July 1910, 25s, 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
76th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1949, no. 8
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 37
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 147

Comment

This is perhaps a view of one of the falls at the Roffla ravine. John “Warwick” Smith drew the same subject, and FT328 is a second drawing of it by Towne.

 

by Richard Stephens

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