Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • The Splugen Pass
  • The Top of the Splügen Pass. II
  • A view near Mount Splugen
Date
ca. 1781
Medium
Pencil, pen and brown and grey inks, watercolour, scratching out
Dimensions
  • image height 147mm,
  • image length 212mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT330
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until sold anonymously at Foster’s on 27 July 1910, lot 151 (a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793, FT862) for 25s. to Paul Oppé 91878–1957; no.49), whose descendants sold it in 1996 with the rest of Oppé’s collection to the present owner, the Tate Gallery.

Associated People & Organisations

Tate, London, 1996, T08561
Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), London, 27 July 1910, GBP 25s, no.49
Foster's auctioneers (1883 - 1940), 27 July 1910, lot 151
Sold as a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793 and a drawing by an unidentified pupil.
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 106 as 'A view near Mount Splugen'
Catalogue of a collection of pictures, drawings, furniture and works of art of the Empire and Regency period : select examples of Romano-British art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1929, no. 9
76th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1949, no. 31
Early English Drawings and Watercolours from the Collection of Paul Oppe Esq., Graves Art Gallery, 1952, no. 66
Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, Royal Academy, 1958, no. 100
Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, National Gallery of Canada, 1961, no. 80
De Englese Aquarel uit de 18de Eeuw, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam; Albertina, Vienna, 1965, no. 117
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 144
Henri Lemaitre, Le Paysage Anglais a l'Aquarelle 1760-1951, Bordas: Paris, 1955, p. 164

Comment

The drawing has traditionally been identified as a view from the Splugen Pass, on the same basis as FT329. As with that drawing also, the mount has been cut back, leaving no inscription.

by Richard Stephens

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