- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Inside the Colosseum
- ca. 1780/12/16
- Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
- image height 323mm,
- image length 468mm
- laid paper with a vertical crease down its centre
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower right
- “F.Towne delt. / Rome 1780 / No.16”
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.16. / Inside the Coloseo [“Decr. 16 1780” scratched out] from ½ past 10 to 1 O Clock / Rome Francis Towne delt.”
- in brown ink
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White (1744–1825) of Exeter, who gave it in 1816 to the present owner, the British Museum, London (Nn.2.22).
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 164, 165, 166, 167 or 168 as Inside of the Coliseo; this edifice is of Travertina stone; or 169 or 171 as Inside of the Coliseo
- Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
- 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. 200
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 75, 79, 124
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