- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The banks of the Tiber
- Pencil, pen and black, brown, and grey inks, watercolour with gum
- image height 453mm,
- image length 318mm
- laid paper watermarked with a design of a fleur de lis within a coronet, and with a horizontal crease across its centre
- mounted by the artist on wove paper watermarked "J WHATMAN" within a border of two thin grey wash lines
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “No 54 / Rome / F.Towne. / delt 1781 [the year over an indistinct inscription, scratched out]”
- artist's mount, verso
- “Rome / No 54 / The Banks of the Tyber / drawn on the spot / by / Francis Towne / [“July 25th 1781” or “July 28th 1781” scratched out]”
- all smudged
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1816), who gave it in 1816 to the present owner, the British Museum, London (Nn.1.24).
- Exhibition History
- unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1934, no. 299
- 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. 202
- Adrian Bury, 'Some Italian Views by Francis Towne', The Connoisseur, No. VLCII: London, 1938, p. 13
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 126
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