Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • View from Sessa Aurunca
  • View from Tessa Aurinca
Date
1784
Medium
Pencil (?), pen and ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 387mm,
  • image length 629mm
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne delt / 1784”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT416
Description Sources
Museum records (image)

Provenance

This drawing was sold at Sotheby’s on 9 June 1937, where it was identified by Paul Oppé as a view of Pozzuoli, a companion work to the view of Capri that was sold in the same sale (see FT414). It was sold to Walker’s Galleries (for £15 according to Art Prices Current), who sold it to the present owner, Leicester City Art Gallery.

Associated People & Organisations

New Walk Museum & Art Gallery, Leicester Arts and Museums Service, Leicester
Walker's Galleries, London, 9 June 1937, GBP 15
Sotheby's, London, London, 9 June 1937
Exhibition History
The 34th annual exhibition of early English water-colours, Walker's Galleries, 1938, no. 118 as 'View from Tessa Aurinca 1784'

Comment

This is a version of a drawing, now lost (FT229), that Towne probably made on his way to Naples, some fifty miles to the south of this view.

by Richard Stephens

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