Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Bay of Naples
1771 - 1796
Pencil, watercolour
  • image width 508mm,
  • image length 762mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto
  • signed and dated “1796”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “Distance mont Lactarius of the Antients / mount Vesuvius Pines of Solimeno and Lava / of 1771 drawn on the spot by / Francis Towne”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie's records (image)


Untraced until offered for sale by the executors of the Montague Meyer family collection at Christie’s on 18 June 1980, lot 68a (with FT558, FT559), where it did not sell. It sold at Christie’s on 17 November 1981, lot 106, whereafter it is untraced. This may well have been commissioned by John Short of Bickham, since it appeared at Christie’s with two others that originated with him.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 17 November 1981, lot 106
Christie's, London, London, 18 June 1980, lot 68a
Offered for sale with FT558, FT559. Unsold.
Montague Meyer ( - 1961), November 1981
[?] John Jeffrey Short (1753 - 1801), Bickham, Minehead, Somerset


This is a version of FT230, with some of the right-hand portion missing. 

As this drawing was sold with two other Towne views based on his 1780–81 travels, both of which appear to have been commissioned by John Short of Bickham (FT558, FT559), it seems likely that it also originated with Short.

by Richard Stephens

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