Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Landscape Fragment
Date
ca. 1780 - 1781
Medium
Pencil, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 324mm,
  • image length 139mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.23”
  • in brown ink
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT262
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), by whom it was given the same year to the present owner, the British Museum (1972.U.616).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1816, 1972,U.616
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016

Comment

The drawing is not recorded by Binyon,1 but there is a note on the verso, perhaps in the hand of J. T. “Antiquity” Smith (1766–1833), the curator who first catalogued the drawings, that the sheet was “inserted in Page 19”, presumably a reference to one of the albums in which Towne’s drawings were presented to the British Museum in 1816.

The drawing seems to be a view of the countryside near Rome, with mountains in the distance. Possibly it is the entrance to the Arco Oscuro tunnel.

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Binyon 1907.

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