Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • Tivoli above the Fall of the Anio
  • At Tivoli, above the Falls
Date
1781/05/16
Medium
Pencil, pen and black and grey inks, watercolour with gum, scratching out
Dimensions
  • image height 302mm,
  • image length 495mm
Support
mounted by the artist on paper watermarked "J WHATMAN 1794"
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / delt / 1781”
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Italy / No37 At Tivoli above the Fall of the Anio / drawn by Francis Towne on the / Spot 1781[in dark brown ink over “May 16th 1781”].”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT269
Description Sources
Examination; Wilcox 1997 (image)

Provenance

Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White (1744–1825), who gave it in 1818 to the present owner, the British Museum (Nn,3.16).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1818, Nn,3.16
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 27
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. 203

Comment

Like similar views of Tivoli (FT252, FT253), this drawing appears to have been coloured long after 1781.

by Richard Stephens

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