Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Ugbrooke Park
Oil on wood
  • image width 508mm,
  • image length 699mm
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / pinxt 1780”
Object Type
Oil painting

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 1997 Tate catalogue (image)


Commissioned by Hugh, 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1726–1783), and descended to the present owner

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Hugh Clifford, 4th Baron Clifford of Chudleigh (1726 - 1783), Chudleigh, Devon
Exhibition History
[?] The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1780, no. 21 or 24 as 'View in Devonshire'
unidentified exhibition but very probably the display for which George Pycroft wrote Short Biographies of Devonshire Artists. Notes Presented to the Committee by George Pycroft, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1885
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 13
Devonshire Association for the Advancement of Science, Literature and Art, Sixth Report on Works of Art In Devonshire in Transactions of the Devonshire Association: Plymouth, 1885, p. 155
George Oliver, Cliffordiana, T.Howe: Exeter, 1830, p. 92


The present Lord Clifford has identified FT157 as a view “from the bottom end of the Higher Water” and FT159 as a view of Lower Water.1 If this is so, then FT157 looks broadly north. The ground on the left rises towards the remains of the Danish encampment where Towne drew FT053. The preparatory study is not known.

This and the other oil painting of Ugbrooke are listed among the pictures displayed in the Billiard Room in 1827—“Two of Ugbrooke Park, by Towne”, listed immediately after the two views of Chudleigh Rock by W. Tomkins, in Thomas H. Williams, Devonshire Scenery, 2nd ed. (Exeter, 1827).

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Email, 9 December 2004.

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