Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View of a Sepulchre
Pencil (?), pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 321mm,
  • image length 470mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne delt 1786”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No6 / Rome / A View of a Sepulchre / on the left hand side of the road / going out at the port of Pia, to / Ponte Lamentani. / drawn on the spot / by / Francis Towne / 1786”
Object Type

A sepulchre by the road between Rome and the Ponte Nomentana
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 1997 Spink-Leger catalogue (image)


Probably commissioned by Thomas Snow of Cleve (1748–1832), but perhaps by Ann Fortescue, née Sanders (1755–1815), of Buckland House. Thereafter untraced until sold by Mrs J. Leahy at Sotheby’s on 20 April 1972, lot 32, for £1,500 to Colnaghi (E179), who bought it on behalf of a private collector. According to the Spink archive it was in a US private collection in 1977; on 12 March 1997 it was bought by Spink, who sold it at Christie’s on 20 November 2003, lot 42, for £23,900. It was on sale with Lowell Libson in 2006.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Lowell Libson, London, 2006
Christie's, London, London, 20 November 2003, lot 42
Spink & Son, London, London, 12 March 1977
According to the Spink archive it was in a US private collection in 1977.
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 20 April 1972, GBP 1500, E179
Bought on behalf of a private collector
Sotheby's, London, London, 20 April 1972, lot 32
Mrs J. Leahy
Ann Fortescue (née Sanders) (1755 - 1815), Beaworthy
Exhibition History
Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings 1997, Spink-Leger Pictures, 1997, no. 7


This is a version of a drawing Towne made in Rome in December 1780 (FT190).

by Richard Stephens

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