- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The Bay of Naples
- ca. 1781/03
- Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
- image height 255mm,
- image length 469mm
- two sheets of paper
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “No19 / Francis Towne delt.”
- in brown ink
- artist's mount, verso
- “No19 Bay of Naples / Francis Towne / delt 1781”
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1818 to the present owner, the British Museum (Nn.3.5).
- Exhibition History
- In the Shadow of Vesuvius, Accademia Italiana, London, 1990
- 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, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 127
- 1 Ian D. Jenkins and Kim Sloan, Vases and Volcanoes: Sir William Hamilton and his Collection, British Museum Press: London, 1996, pp.130–38, 170.
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