Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Landscape Composition
Date
1793
Medium
Pen and black ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 192mm,
  • image length 140mm
Mount
mounted by the artist, but the mount has now been destroyed
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne /delt. 1793”
  • in black ink
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Landscape, after Francis Towne, National Gallery of Victoria
Landscape, after Francis Towne, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT798
Description Sources
Examination; Phillips (image)

Provenance

This is probably “Mr Hughes’s charming classical composition of 1793” mentioned by Paul Oppé in the collection of Cecil Eldred Hughes of The Priory, Orpington (1875–1941). This drawing was sold at Phillips on 6 November 2000, lot 10, to Maurice Dear. It is thereafter untraced until it was offered for sale by John Spink in 2005 for £28,500.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, 2005, GBP 28500
Maurice Dear, 6 November 2000
Phillips, London, 6 November 2000, lot 10
[?] Cecil Eldred Hughes (1875 - 1941), Orpington, London
Exhibition History
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 9
Bibliography
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 124 (?)

Comment

Two copies are known of this drawing (FT837, FT838). It is apparently Towne’s own composition, but influenced heavily by the Jabach book of etchings after the Carracci and others, and perhaps also by the work of Francesco Cozza, a follower of Domenichino.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 See Apollo, July 2005, p.48, fig.6.

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