Unidentified circle of Towne
  • Moonlit Landscape
No date
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image height 225mm,
  • image width 160mm
laid paper
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Mellors & Kirk records


Untraced until 1947, when purchased from Colnaghi by Geoffrey Cross of Lincoln’s Inn (later Lord Cross of Chelsea, d.1989). Thereafter untraced until offered for sale by Mellors and Kirk of Nottingham on 1–2 July 2010, lot 893 (as attributed to Francis Towne and sold with a letter dated 13 January 1947, for which see the Comment). Now in the collection of Winchester College.

Associated People & Organisations

Winchester College, 2016
Mellors & Kirk, Nottingham, 1 July 2010
lot 893
Baron Cross of Chelsea Geoffrey Neale Cross (1904 - 1989), London, 1947
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 1947
Winchester College, 2016


The Mellors and Kirk sale catalogue states that the drawing was

sold with a letter from D C Baskett of P & D Colnaghi & Co Ltd to Geoffrey Cross Esq 13 January 1947 in which the writer discloses that Mr Oppé feels that your drawing is partly the work of Francis Towne and partly by one of his pupils. The penwork and some of the wash being by Towne and the rest by the pupil. Mr Cross has subscribed the observation that Baskett himself inclines to think that it is all by Towne.

However, although the strong colouring helps the composition hang together, the washes are applied too roughly, and the sky altogether too much of a mess, to consider this to be Towne’s own work.

by Richard Stephens

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