- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The Tomb of the Plautii
- 'Tomb of Plautus', near Tivoli
- Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour, gum
- image height 190mm,
- image length 245mm
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F Towne delt 1781”
- artist's mount, verso
- “Tomb of Plautus / Near Tivoli / Francis Towne delt / 1781”
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it to the present owner, the British Museum, London in 1816 (Nn,2.13).
- Associated People & Organisations
- British Museum, London, 1816, Nn,2.13
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 148 as 'Tomb of Plautus near Tivoli'
- 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. 199
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 124
- Henri Lemaitre, Le Paysage Anglais a l'Aquarelle 1760-1951, Bordas: Paris, 1955, p. 156
- 1 John “Warwick” Smith, The Tomb of the Plautii, late eighteenth/early nineteenth century (Witt Library); A. L. R. Ducros, The Tomb of the Plautii, ca. 1789 (Zutter 1998); G. B. Piranesi, The Tomb of the Plautii, ca. 1748–78 (Ficacci 2000).
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