Towne’s 1809 exhibit may have been based on a Fitzwilliam Museum sketch dated 1781, which was inscribed “Head of the Lake of Geneva / looking towards Montra & the Chateaû de Chillon” (FT379). It was presumably displayed four years earlier at the Lower Brook Street exhibition. If so, it must have been a watercolour as the framing information in the 1805 catalogue makes clear.

by Richard Stephens

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