- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The Colosseum
- ca. 1781/10/30
- Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour, gum
- image height 312mm,
- image length 464mm
- laid paper
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F.Towne delt / Rome 1781 / No 23”
- in brown ink; inscription is cut off at the bottom edge, presumably when being mounted
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.23 / Coloseo with the Baths of Titus & Arch of Constantine taken from the Palatine mount / Rome Francis Towne delt. [“Octr. 30th 1780” scratched out] 1781”
- the year in dark brown ink, the rest in 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.2.28).
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 184 as 'Coliseo'
- unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1981
- 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. 200
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 75, 125
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 62
Revisions & Feedback
The website will be updated from time to time and, when changes are made, a PDF of the previous version of each page will be archived here for consultation and citation.
Please help us to improve this catalogue
If you have information, a correction or any other suggestions to improve this catalogue, please contact us.