Unidentified circle of Towne
  • Exe Estuary View
No date
Pencil, watercolour
  • image height 342mm,
  • [?] image width 485mm
mounted on laid paper with a watermark of a fleur-de-lis under a coronet (the mount now cut down)
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Sold at the Cotswold Auction Company, Cirencester, on 18 May 2012, lot 455, as by “Circle of Francis Nicholson”.

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Cotswold Auction Company, Cirencester, 18 May 2012, lot 455


The mount on this drawing has been cut back so that it is no longer visible beyond the dimensions of the drawing itself. Possibly an inscription has been lost that could have confirmed whether this is a copy after Towne. The composition is very Towne-like, and the subject too: a view from near Peamore or Alphington looking over towards Topsham, with Countess Wear bridge on the left. It may be compared with another pupil’s 1791 watercolour of Chapel Hill near Torre Abbey (FT882). In both, the right foreground tree is similar, and there is an adjacent area of yellowy ground, with a path leading from the right. Both compositions also have a bright mid-ground area of foliage on the left, somewhat receding into the distance as it moves into the centre of the picture. Much of this drawing is well made and it seems likely that Towne has enhanced it in places, such as by deepening the shading of the foreground tree and perhaps picking out the outline of the donkey and figures. The yellow foreground and dark tones of the foreground tree are also comparable to the palate of FT656a.


by Richard Stephens

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