- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- ca. 1781/05
- Pen and black ink, and watercolour
- [?] image width 368mm,
- [?] image height 495mm
- laid paper, with a collector’s mark “JJL” (Lugt 1479a)
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “Thomas Girtin 1781” in another hand (not Girtin’s), possibly over an indistinct signature, “Francis Towne 1781”
- sheet, verso
- “Tivoli [partially cut off at the top] / A View of Rome in the Distance / Francis Towne”
- in brown ink
- Object Type
As this drawing bears the collector’s stamp of John Jacob Lindman (1854–ca. 1926) of Chicago), it was probably on the London art market in the late nineteenth or early twentieth century. On the verso is a pencil inscription indicating that it was no.192 in Lindman’s collection. The drawing came to the current owner, the Art Institute of Chicago (1993.256.51), in 1922 as part of the Leonora Hall Gurley Memorial Collection, which was assembled by her son, William F. E. Gurley, chiefly (according to David Solkin in 'Master Drawings', 1978, vol 16 no.4, p.411) from “London sale-rooms or dealers just prior to the First World War”.
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