- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View of the Source of the Arveyron
- The Source of the Arveyron
- ca. 1781/09/16
- Pen and brown ink, watercolour, scratching out
- image width 310mm,
- image length 210mm
- two sheets
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto
- lower right, “F.Towne delt / No.52 1781”; middle right, “woods”; top right, “glacier”; and bottom left, erased word
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.52. A View of the source of the Arviron drawn by Francis Towne [erased “Sept 16th 1781”]”
- Object Type
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Examination; Wilcox 1997 (image)
Untraced until sold anonymously at Foster’s on 27 July 1910, lot 151 (a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793, FT862), for 25s. to Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.44), whose descendants sold it in 1996 with the rest of Oppé’s collection to the current owner, the Tate Gallery (T08147).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Tate, London, 1996, T08147
- Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), London, 27 July 1910, GBP 25s, no.44
- Foster's auctioneers (1883 - 1940), 27 July 1910, lot 151
Sold as a group with FT228, FT257, FT283, FT284, FT296, FT310, FT318, FT319, FT325, FT326, FT327, FT329, FT330, FT339, FT340, FT361, FT793 and a drawing by an unidentified pupil.
- Exhibition History
- Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 104, as 'A view of the source of the Arveron'
- Exhibition of Old Masters in Aid of the National Art-Collections Fund, Grafton Galleries, 1911, no. 162
- British Empire Exhibition, Wembley, 1924, no. 3
- Catalogue of a collection of pictures, drawings, furniture and works of art of the Empire and Regency period : select examples of Romano-British art, Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1929, no. 17
- La Peinture Anglaise, Musee Moderne, 1929, no. 177
- British Art, Royal Academy, 1934, no. 716
- Twee Eeuwen Engelsche Kunst, Stedelijk Museum, 1936, no. 232
- La Peinture anglaise, XVIII et XIX siecles, Musee du Louvre, 1938, no. 233
- Loan Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings by Francis Towne (1740-1816) The property of A.P. Oppe Esq. C.B., Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1949, no. 23
- Early English Drawings and Watercolours from the Collection of Paul Oppe Esq., Graves Art Gallery, 1952, no. 69
- L'Aquarelle anglaise 1750-1850, [organised by the British Council at] Musee Rath, Geneva; L'Ecole Polytechnique Federale, Zurich, 1955, no. 112
- Exhibition of Works from The Paul Oppe Collection, Royal Academy, 1958, no. 664
- The Great Age of British Watercolours 1750-1880, Royal Academy of Arts, 1993, no. 271
- Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 43
- British Watercolours from the Oppé Collection, Tate Gallery, 1997, no. 35
- Laurence Binyon, English Water-Colours, A & C Black Ltd: 1933, p. 64
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 96-99, 108, 146
- Luke Herrmann, British Landscape Painting of the 18th Century, Faber: London, 1973, p. 78
- Arnold Lunn, Switzerland and the English, Eyre & Spottiswoode: London, 1944, p. 71
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, pp. 116, 118-119
- 1 Robert Gray, Letters during the course of a tour through Germany, Switzerland and Italy, in the years MDCCXCI, and MDCCXCII. With reflections on the manners, London, 1794, p.185.
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