Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Landscape
Date
ca. 1770 - 1777
Medium
Oil
Object Type
Oil painting

Collection
Versions
Landscape, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT023
Description Sources
Witt Library record, now lost (image)
Associated People & Organisations

Untraced

Comment

A preparatory drawing exists for this picture (FT022), which clearly dates from the 1770s, though probably not from the end of that decade. Although the image is of poor quality, there can be little doubt that the picture is Towne’s work, both on stylistic grounds and given the existence of the preparatory study. The subject matter can only be guessed at: it is evidently an estuary view and it would be no surprise, therefore, if it were a scene in Devon. It may be that this was one of the Society of Artists exhibits of the early 1770s (for instance FT012, FT013, FT018, or FT020).

by Richard Stephens

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