18 November 2004
Francis Towne (1739-1816)
Underneath Knowle Hill, Devon
signed and inscribed 'Underneath Nowle [sic] Hill/Francis Towne delt' (on the reverse)
grey ink and watercolour, watermark Britannia, on the artist's washline mount
6¼ x 7 7/8 in. (16 x 20 cm.)
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 9 November 1976, lot 72, where purchased for the present collection.
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London, Fine Art Society, Watercolours by Francis Towne, May 1945, no. 47, as 'Underneath Leith Hill'.
The present drawing dates stylistically from the 1790s.
We are grateful to Timothy Wilcox for his help in preparing this catalogue entry.
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