Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • The Temple of Concord
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour with gum
  • image width 321mm,
  • image length 474mm
laid paper watermarked "J WHATMAN", with a vertical crease down its centre
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “No.44. Rome / F.Towne. delt. [“1781” scratched out]”
  • in brown ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No44, Rome / A View of the Temple of Concord / drawn on the Spot / by / Francis Towne. / [scratched-out indistinct date, including “July” and possibly “1st” or “7th July 1781”] / Of the temple of concord, eight Ionic Pillars of Oriental Granate, are / still standing behind the Capitol towards mount Palatine. It was / built as a Monument of the Reconciliation, between the People & the / Nobility of Rome.”
  • in brown ink
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Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1816 to the present owner, the British Museum, London (Nn.1.17).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum
James White (1744 - 1825)
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 161 as 'Temple of Concord'
British Artists in Europe, Whitworth Art Gallery, 1973, no. 7
unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1981
unidentified exhibition, Nottingham, 1981
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 31
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
Thomas Ashby, Forty drawings of Roman scenes by British artists (1715-1850) from originals in the British Museum, British Museum: London, 1911, p.13
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. 201
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 105, 126
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p 113


The Temple of Concord lies at the north end of the Forum and was one of the most popular ruins for artists to depict.1 The tall white building to the right is the Capitoline Museum. The Temple of Concord is also visible in the left corner of FT219.




by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 A similar view by John “Warwick” Smith is in the British Museum.

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