Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Bay of Naples
ca. 1785
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 404mm,
  • image length 885mm
(?) mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne / 1785”
Object Type

The Bay of Naples, Fitzwilliam Fitzwilliam Museum
Bay of Naples
The Bay of Naples, after Francis Towne
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 1998 Royal Academy catalogue (image)


Owned by Mrs E. S. Abbott before 1927, when purchased by the present owner, the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester (D.1927.15).

Associated People & Organisations

Manchester Museum & the Whitworth, University of Manchester, Manchester, 1927, D.1927.15
Mrs E. S. Abbott
John White Abbott (1763 - 1851)
Exhibition History
Loan Exhibition of Water Colour Drawings from the Whitworth Art Gallery Manchester in Aid of the Funds of the Gallery, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1954, no. 19
A Loan Exhibition of English Drawings from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Colnaghi, 1967, no. 17
English Artists in Italy, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1968, no. 97
English Watercolours of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Musee d'art moderne, 1973, no. 86
British Artists in Europe, Whitworth Art Gallery, 1973, no. 9
English Watercolours of the 18th and 19th Centuries from the Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, Hermitage Museum, 1974, no. 2
Travels in Italy 1776-1783 based on the Memoirs of Thomas Jones, Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester, 1988, no. 97
From View to Vision: British Watercolours from Sandy to Turner in the Whitworth Art Gallery, Whitworth Art Gallery, 1993, no. 41
Art Treasures of England: The Regional Collections, Royal Academy, 1998, no. 213
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 136


John White Abbott copied this drawing (FT814), which is based in part on FT230. Mrs E. S. Abbott cannot be identified among White Abbott’s family, but given his copy it makes sense to think of her as a descendant. Another version by Towne is dated 1796 (FT586).

by Richard Stephens

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