Susannah Buller
  • Moonlit Ruin
Pencil (?), watercolour
  • image height 241mm,
  • image width 359mm
on a contemporary mount
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “Susanna Buller / delt. 1790”
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Untraced until spring 1961, when sold by Appleby Bros, London. At some point subsequently it was acquired by Agnew’s, from whom it was bought ca. 1997 by the owner in 2005.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1997
Appleby Bros, London, 1961
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 112


The drawing is in Towne’s style and is very probably a copy after a lost composition of his. The rocks edging the path foreground right, for example, are typical of those found in Towne’s later work (for example FT490, FT506); and the building in the background right is comparable to others drawn by Towne’s pupils (FT868, FT885). It is clearly a romantic moonlit view of the imagination, rather than an actual view. Two other works by Susanna Buller are known, but neither is included within this catalogue. One was exhibited at Colnaghi in 1966 (no.60, as Langdale Valley), and another, called Waterfall in Devonshire and signed 1795, was sold for £380 at Sotheby’s Colonnade, London, on 3 February 1993, lot 100.

by Richard Stephens

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