- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The Forum
- Pencil, pen and black and brown inks, watercolour with gum
- image width 324mm,
- image length 591mm
- two sheets, the larger of which is watermarked with a fleur de lis and coronet design and which has a vertical crease down its centre
- mounted by the artist on paper watermarked "WHATMAN 1794"
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “F.Towne delt. / Rome. 1781. No.51”
- in brown ink
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- Description Sources
- Author's examination of the object
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, London (Nn,3.15).
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 186 as 'The Forum'
- 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. 203
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 128
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 113
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 80
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