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Francis Towne (Middlesex 1739-1816 London)
Francis Towne (Middlesex 1739-1816 London)

Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy

Francis Towne (Middlesex 1739-1816 London)
Villa Adriana, Tivoli, Italy
signed, inscribed, dated and numbered 'No. 41 May 22. 1781. Villa Adriana. Light coming on the left-hand side. Francis Towne' (according to a typed label on the backboard)
pen and black ink and watercolour, fragmentary watermark
6 x 8 in. (15.2 x 21.6 cm.)
Professor Selwyn Image, by 1919.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 20 November 1953, part of lot 29 (185 gns to Agnew's).
with Agnew's, London, where purchased by Sir William Worsley, 1953, (190 gns), and thence by descent in the family.
A.P. Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', Walpole Society, VIII, 1919-20, p. 111.
A. Bury, Francis Towne: Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, London, 1962, pp. 95 and 143.
W.A. Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall, Hovingham, 1963, no. 66.
Leeds, City Art Gallery, Exhibition of Early English Watercolours, 1958, no. 92.

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