Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Tivoli
  • At Tivoli
Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
  • image width 384mm,
  • image length 498mm
mounted by the artist on paper watermarked "WHATMAN" and dated "1794"
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “No25 / F.Towne delt. / May 16. 1781”
  • in brown ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.25 Tivoli / Francis Towne delt. / 1781[in dark brown ink over scratched-out “May 16. 1781”] / Morning Sun from the right hand”
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Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


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 (Nn,2.31).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1816, Nn,2.31
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 149 as 'In a Wood of Olives at Tivoli'
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. 200
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 80, 125
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 73


Towne made a copy of this drawing in oil dated 1800 (FT617).

This view may depict the monastery of Sant’Antonio, as the buildings include a church and tower in the background, and the robed figures descending the path are similar to those in FT265.

by Richard Stephens

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