Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • The Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli
  • Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli from below the falls
Date
1781
Medium
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 501mm,
  • image length 382mm
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “Tivoli / Villa of Mecenes No.24 / Francis Towne delt’”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.24 / Italy / Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli / Francis Towne delt / 1781”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT263
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

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.3.08).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1818, Nn,3.8
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1981
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
Bibliography
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
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 112

Comment

The temple known to Towne as the Villa of Maecenas is now known as the Temple of Hercules Victor. Similar views exist by John “Warwick” Smith and Jacob More.1

by Richard Stephens

Footnotes

  1. 1 John Warwick Smith, The Temple of Hercules Victor, ca. 1776–81 (Wilton & Bignamini 1996); Jacob More, The Temple of Hercules Victor, 1780s? (Andrew 1993).

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