Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Temple of Bacchus in the Distance
  • View outside Rome
Date
1780/10
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour with gum
Dimensions
  • image height 228mm,
  • image length 325mm
Support
laid paper with an indistinct watermark
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F Towne / delt / 1780”
  • in dark brown ink
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.7. Temple of Bacchus in the distance [“Oct [. . .] 1780” scratched out] / Rome, Francis Towne delt. from 10 O Clock till 2. / 1780[in dark brown ink]”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT177
Description Sources
Author's examination of the object

Provenance

Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1816 to the present owner, the British Museum, London (Nn.2.07).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum
James White (1744 - 1825)
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 140 or 141 as 'Temple of Bacchus in the middle distance'
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
Bibliography
Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists and Artists of Foreign Origin Working in Great Britain Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Trustees of the British Museum: London, 1907, p. 199
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 123

Comment

This is a countryside view on the Via Nomentana, showing the Appenine Mountains and the Church of S. Agnese fuori della Mura in the distance. Towne also made a closer view of the church, in whose ground the so-called Temple of Bacchus stood (FT178).

by Richard Stephens

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