- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Temple of Bacchus in the Distance
- View outside Rome
- Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour with gum
- image height 228mm,
- image length 325mm
- laid paper with an indistinct watermark
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F Towne / delt / 1780”
- in dark brown ink
- 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
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).
- 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
- 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
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