Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • View at Tivoli – Morning
  • At Tivoli: Mountain Landscape In The Alban Hills
  • A scene at Tivoli
Date
No date
Medium
Oil on wood
Dimensions
  • image height 470mm,
  • image length 655mm
Inscription
  • board, recto, lower right
  • “pinxt 1800”
Inscription
  • board, verso
  • “[obscured by a label] Towne”
Object Type
Oil painting

Collection
Versions
Tivoli, British Museum
Catalogue Number
FT617
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)

Provenance

Untraced until owned prior to 1937 by Thomas Andrew (Mayor of Exeter 1881–82). Dr Robert Alfred Worthington (1878–1945) of Exeter gave it in 1937 to the current owner, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter (106/1937.1). The museum records give a Merivale provenance prior to Thomas Andrew and this may be the “Italy ca. 2 x 2.5ft Dark masses of trees, broad toned hills” that Paul Oppé saw in ca. 1915 in the collection of Reginald Merivale (1852–1937).

Associated People & Organisations

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 1937, 106/1937.1
Dr Robert Alfred Worthington (1878 - 1945), Exeter, 1937
Thomas Andrew, Exeter
[?] Reginald Merivale (1852 - 1937), 1915
[?] John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
[?] James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1800, no. 211 as 'View at Tivoli - morning'
[?] Works of British artists placed in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall-Mall for exhibition and Sale, British Institution, 1808, no. 162 as 'A scene at Tivoli, measuring 737 x 940 mm'
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 83
English Painting 1560-1860, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1968, no. 20
Paintings and Drawings by Francis Towne and John White Abbott in the collection of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1971, no. 2
Francis Towne & John White Abbott: Paintings and Watercolours from the Exeter Museums and Art Gallery, Marble Hill House, 1973, no. 2
Bibliography
Jane C. Baker, Catalogue of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture, Exeter Museums: Exeter, 1978, p. 118
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 63, 134
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 101

Comment

This picture is a version of FT264. See also the Comment at FT616.

by Richard Stephens

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