Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Windmill and Houses on a Common
No date
  • image height 141mm,
  • image width 221mm
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Leonard Duke catalogue


Watercolour with pen and ink, 5 9/16 x 8 11/16 in. (141 x 221 mm). Bought by Leonard Duke (D.2619) and sold by him at Sotheby’s on 16 July 1970, lot 181, for £12 to Hartman. In his catalogue Duke writes:

From a parcel of drawings with, I think, a Harcourt provenance. It included also drawings by P. Sandby, Theodosius Forrest, & Rackett. The possibility of its being by Towne has occurred to me after a careful inspection of the left-hand half of Miss Barlow’s large English late[?] view by Towne [FT596]. I have now confirmed at the BM without a doubt that this is by Towne.

Duke was optimistic with attributions and the very low price the work fetched in 1970 suggests that the market did not accept his attribution.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 16 July 1970, lot 181
Leonard Duke (1889 - 1971), D.2619

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