Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View of Domaso on Lake Como
Pencil, pen and black and brown inks, watercolour with gum
  • image width 288mm,
  • image length 470mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  •  “No11 / Francis Towne / delt 1781”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.11 / A View of Domaso, on the Lake of Como. / the Evening Sun sat from the right hand. / Francis Towne delt August 1781”
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Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1818 to the present owner, the British Museum (Nn,3.3).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1818, Nn,3.3
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
I Laghi - Ticinese Lombardi, Lugano, 1996, no. 15
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists and Artists of Foreign Origin Working in Great Britain Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Trustees of the British Museum: London, 1907, p. 202
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 127
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 116


This is one of two drawings known that were taken at Domaso (also FT352). In this work Towne has shown Monte Legnone, on the far shore of the lake. Much work has clearly been done on this drawing long after 1781, among the effects of which has been to make the far shore appear quite near and the channel of water narrow.


by Richard Stephens

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