- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View going from the Head of Lake Como over Mount Splugen
- Pencil, watercolour, gum
- image width 473mm,
- image length 568mm
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “Francis Towne / delt.1784”
- sheet, verso
- “Inscribed by the artist on the reverse, ‘A View going from the head of the Lake of Como / over Mount Splugen / taken on the spot by / Francis Towne’”
- According to Bury in 1962, but the 2013 Cleveland catalogue makes no mention of this, so it must be presumed lost or an error
- Object Type
Sold by David, 2nd Baron (of the 2nd creation) Redesdale, at his Batsford Park sale at Bruton Knowles & Co. on 2 May 1919, lot 629, for 10s. 6d. to Mr Long, furniture dealer of Wellington Street, Gloucester, from whom it was acquired by Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.687). It was sold by Oppé’s family at Sotheby’s on 11 November 1982, lot 59, for £9,500, perhaps to the dealers Morton-Morris and Co., who owned it subsequently. Thereafter it was in the collection of Joseph and Deborah Goldyne of San Francisco, before being acquired by Addison Fine Arts of San Francisco. It was purchased in 2012 by the Cleveland Museum of Art (J. H. Wade Fund, 2012.35).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, 2012, 2012.35
- Addison Fine Arts, San Francisco
- [?] Morton-Morris & Co, 11 November 1982, GBP 9500
- Sotheby's, London, London, 11 November 1982
- Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), London, no.687
- Mr Long, Gloucester, 2 May 1919, GBP 10s.6d
- Bruton, Knowles & Co, Bruton, 2 May 1919
- David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, Gloucester
- Exhibition History
- Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, Royal Academy, 1958, no. 81
- Judging by Appearance: Master Drawings from the Collection of Joseph and Deborah Goldyne, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, 2006, no. 62
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 88, 145
- Robert Flynn Johnson and Joseph R Goldyne, Judging by Appearance: Master Drawings from the Collection of Joseph and Deborah Goldyne: San Francisco, 2006, pp. 140-1
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 122
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 133
- 1 Farington 1978, pp.807, 810, 820.
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