- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Coming down from Capodimonte
- Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour, gum
- image width 323mm,
- image length 468mm
- mounted by the artist
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “No7 / F.Towne. delt. 1781”
- artist's mount, verso
- “Naples / No7 Coming down from Capa de Monta / drawn on the spot Francis Towne / March No7. 1781 [the date over scratched-out “March 20th 1781”]”
- Object Type
Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1818 to the present owner, the British Museum (Nn.3.1).
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 188 as 'Coming down from Capo di Monte, at Naples'
- unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1981
- In the Shadow of Vesuvius, Accademia Italiana, London, 1990
- Thomas Jones (1742-1803): An Artist Rediscovered, National Museum & Gallery, 2003, no. 93
- Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
- Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists and Artists of Foreign Origin Working in Great Britain Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Trustees of the British Museum: London, 1907, p. 202
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 126-127
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