Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tivoli
Date
1781/05/15
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash
Dimensions
  • image height 368mm,
  • image length 495mm
Inscription
  • sheet, verso
  • “1781 May 15 5 o’clock in the morning, light coming from the sun rising over the mountains strong on 4 vapour thin against F of the cascades / second mountain darker than the olive trees, & trunks of the trees dark against the mountains, the herbage of the cave in its lights a / clear bright green olive tree greyer” and numbered “16”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT258
Description Sources
Christie's records (image)

Provenance

Owned by Francis Alexander Gustavus Skardon Douglas (active 1927, d.1957), a descendant of John White Abbott, who sold it on 28 August 1946 to Agnew’s (no.4724). On 17 January 1947 Agnew’s sold it for £100 less £5 commission to Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 1984, lot 68, for £7,500, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Private Collection, 20 November 1984, GBP 7500
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 1984, lot 68
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 17 January 1947, GBP 100
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 28 August 1946, no.4724
Francis Alexander Gustavus Skardon Douglas (active 1927 - 1957)
John White Abbott (1763 - 1851)
Exhibition History
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 14
Three Centuries of British Water-colours, Arts Council, 1951, no. 187
Early English Water Colours, Leeds City Art Gallery, 8 October 1958 to 23 November 1958, no. 98
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 142
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, pp. 73, 86
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 11

Comment

Towne drew another Tivoli drawing “from 3 o clock till 6” (FT261) on the same day that he made this sketch.

by Richard Stephens

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