Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Lake Como
Pencil, pen and dark grey and brown inks, grey wash, scratching out
  • image width 156mm,
  • image length 210mm
on paper with stitch marks along the top edge
  • sheet, verso
  • “Lake of Como / Light from the left hand / August 27th 1781 / No.28 / Francis Towne”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP56). Judith Merivale sold it to Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, in 1930 for £27 10s. with five other drawings (FT371, FT375, FT436, FT544, FT597). Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Lupton bequeathed the drawing to the present owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.200/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.200/53
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), 1930
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester, 1930, GBP 27 10s
Acquired with FT371, FT375, FT436, FT544, FT597
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP56
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP56
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
More Than A Glance, Arts Council, 1980, no. 93
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 121
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 10


This is a view looking north from the western shore of Lake Como at some point south of Menaggio.

by Richard Stephens

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