Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Lake Como
Date
1785
Medium
Pencil (?), pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 315mm,
  • image length 490mm
Support
laid paper watermarked "WHATMAN"
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne delt 1785”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “[. . .]drawn by Francis Towne / 1785”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
The City and Lake of Como, Untraced
A View of the Lake and City of Como, Rhode Island Museum of Art, School of Design
The City and Lake of Como, Private Collection
Catalogue Number
FT424
Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)

Provenance

Untraced apart from its sale by “a lady” at Sotheby’s on 15 March 1984, lot 133, for £20,000 to Agnew’s.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 15 March 1984, GBP 20000
Sotheby's, London, London, 15 March 1984
lot 133

Comment

This is a version of a lost drawing (FT351), which, from the similarity of the composition with a view of Lugano (FT346), probably once formed part of the series of large north Italian and Swiss views drawn on paper watermarked “Honig” and measuring about 280 x 470 mm. 

Two later versions are dated 1787 (FT535) and 1800 (FT618). Towne’s 1805 exhibit no.128, The City and Lake of Como, was doubtless either the 1800 work or else another treatment of the same subject.

by Richard Stephens

Revisions & Feedback

The website will be updated from time to time and, when changes are made, a PDF of the previous version of each page will be archived here for consultation and citation.

Please help us to improve this catalogue


If you have information, a correction or any other suggestions to improve this catalogue, please contact us.