Unidentified circle of Towne
  • Landscape, after Francis Towne
No date
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
  • image height 257mm,
  • image width 181mm
paper watermarked with a Strasburg Lily design
Object Type

Landscape Composition
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie’s records; Witt Library (image); YCBA records


Untraced until 1951 when exhibited from the collection of Canon Francis Henry Dumville Smythe (1872/73–1966). It was later acquired by Joseph Hawksley Elliot of Sheffield (1884/85–ca. 1978), whose daughter sold it as a John White Abbott at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 100, for £400 to Agnew’s. This is probably the drawing known to its owner as “A view on the road to Tivoli” by John White Abbott, which she acquired via Agnew’s from Christie’s in ca. 1976/78 (her note to this effect, dated 8 July 1984, is among papers relating to FT865 at the Yale Center for British Art in New Haven). The drawing was offered for sale, again as a White Abbott, at Christie’s on 9 July 1985, lot 84.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 9 July 1985
lot 84
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 14 March 1978, GBP 400
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978
lot 100
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield
Canon Francis Henry Dumville Smythe (1872/73 - 1966), 1951
Exhibition History
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 102 as a John White Abbott
Arts Council Touring Exhibition, Arts Council, 1954


This drawing is far too scrappy to be by John White Abbott and is clearly the work of a less able pupil, now unidentified. It is a copy of FT798, which is dated 1793.

by Richard Stephens

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