Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tarr Steps, near Withypool
Date
1790
Medium
Pencil, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 395mm,
  • image length 540mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • “1790”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Drawn by Francis Towne, 1790”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Versions
Tarr Steps, near Withypool, Untraced
Catalogue Number
FT553
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Witt Library (image)

Provenance

Commissioned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1752–1794), and descended in his family until being offered for sale by Sir Richard Thomas Dyke Acland, Bt (1906–1990), at Sotheby’s on 21 November 1968, lot 32, where it did not sell (bidding reached £850). It was sold at Sotheby’s on 19 March 1981, lot 106, to Leger Galleries, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Leger Galleries, 21 November 1981
Sotheby's, London, London, 19 March 1981, lot 106
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 November 1968, lot 32
Bidding reached £850, but did not sell.
Sir Richard Thomas Acland (1906 - 1990), November 1968
Sir Thomas Dyke Acland (1752 - 1794), Exwick, Exeter, 1790
Exhibition History
Exhibition of English Watercolours, Leger Galleries, 1981, no. 7
Bibliography
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 122

Comment

Withycombe is a village on the north-eastern edge of Exmoor, below Croydon Hill (FT436), however Towne’s inscription more probably refers to Withypool, a mile or two north of Tarr Steps, a prehistoric stone bridge on the River Barle. This scene is a few miles north-west of Dulverton. The version of this drawing commissioned by Sir Thomas Acland, who was Warden of Exmoor, is FT553

Oppé described this drawing thus: “Flat bridge on rough stones, one rocky river, meadow on r, hills wooded above. One figure on bridge another in meadow. Fine outline. Two grey & blue washes.”1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 Paul Oppé records.

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