Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Temple of Bacchus Two Miles from Rome
Date
1801
Medium
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
  • canvas height 380mm,
  • canvas width 565mm
Inscription
  • canvas, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / pinxt / 1801”
Object Type
Oil painting

Collection
Versions
Temple of Bacchus 2 Miles from Rome, British Museum
Catalogue Number
FT627
Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby's records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until bought at a West Country auction and sold shortly afterwards to Spink-Leger Galleries (it was offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 12 November 1997, lot 95 but did not sell). Spink-Leger sold it at Christie’s on 26 November 2002, lot 56 for £4,500, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Christie's, London, London, 26 November 2002, GBP 4500, lot 56
Sotheby's, London, London, 12 November 1997, lot 95
Unsold.
Spink-Leger Pictures, November 1997
Untraced until bought at a West Country auction and sold shortly afterwards to Spink Leger Galleries.

Comment

This picture is a faithful version of FT178 dated 1780, although it varies in minor details, such as the introduction of an additional figure on the path, and the rocks in the left foreground. It appears to have been cut down in size, as the foreground-right tree is barely visible at the right edge. As it was evidently not an exhibition picture, it may well have been produced on commission from a Devon client.

by Richard Stephens

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