Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Hyde Park
  • Hyde Park, Study of a tree on the ground
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
  • image width 451mm,
  • image length 368mm
paper with the watermark “Shorter 134”
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / delt. 1797”
  • sheet, recto
  • “L.Brown / Bark / Rotten / White / India”
  • on fallen tree
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “This Drawing taken in Hyde Park / June the 19th. 1797 / on the Spot by / Francis Towne / No.114 / New Bond Street / London.”
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Description Sources
Museum records (image)


Untraced until 23 July 1947, when bought from Squire Gallery by Colnaghi (no.A14661), who sold it the following day for £200 to Gilbert Davis (1899–1983). According to museum records, Davis sold it back to Colnaghi in 1953, where it was purchased the following year by the present owner, the Toledo Museum of Art (Acc. 1954.39). It seems very likely that Squire acquired the drawing from a Merivale source, though no records exist to confirm this.

Associated People & Organisations

Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, 1954, Acc. 1954.39
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, 1953
Gilbert Davis (1899 - 1983), GBP 200
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, 23 July 1947, no.A14661
Squire Gallery, London, 23 July 1947
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 17 as 'Hyde Park, Study of a tree on the ground'
British Water-Colours and Drawings from the Gilbert Davis Collection, Arts Council, 1949, no. 10
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 27
Romantic Art in Britain, Detroit Institute of Arts, 1968, no. 54
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 95, 103, 139
Martin Hardie, Water-Colour Painting in Britain, ed. Dudley Snelgrove, London: B. T. Batsford, 1966, pp. 124, 127
Henri Lemaitre, Le Paysage Anglais a l'Aquarelle 1760-1951, Bordas: Paris, 1955, p. 167
A. Staley, 'Review: Water-Colour Painting in Britain', Art Bulletin, College Art Association of America: Providence Rhode Island, 1973, p. 154
William Thomas Whitley, Art in England 1800-1820, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 1928, p. 93
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 128

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