Annibale Carraci (1560 - 1609) Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape
No date
Pencil, pen and black and brown inks
  • image height 136mm,
  • image length 210mm
mounted by the artist on paper watermarked "DCB+D&C BLAUW", made by Dirk & Cornelius Blauw of De Herder Mill, Zaandijk, Holland.
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F Towne delt. / 1780”
  • in black ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “By Francis Towne / 1780 / my Godfather / F.A.”
  • inscribed by Francis Abbott
Object Type
Outline only

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Bower 1998; Museum records (image)


This was owned by Towne’s godson Francis Abbott (b.1801), the second surviving son of his pupil John White Abbott. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 17 October 1956, lot 50, to Colnaghi (no.A21737), who sold it on 25 October 1956 for £22 to Paul Oppé (1878–1957; no.2487), whose descendants sold it with most of the rest of Oppé’s collection in 1996 to the current owner, the Tate Gallery (T08567).

Associated People & Organisations

Tate, London, 1996, T08567
Adolph Paul Oppé (1878 - 1957), London, 25 October 1956, GBP 22, no.2487
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 17 October 1956, no.A21737
Sotheby's, London, London, 17 October 1956, lot 50
[?] Francis White Abbott (1801)
[?] John White Abbott (1763 - 1851), Exeter
Peter Bower, 'Drawing Paper in the 18th and 19th centuries: Papers from the Opp_ Collection, part 2', The Quarterly Journal of the British Association of Paper Historians: [?] London, 1998, p. 19


The drawing was perhaps a gift or bequest of Towne to Francis Abbott, or else one of the drawings Towne was using to teach Francis’s father in 1780. It is a copy after an etching by J. B. Corneille after Annibale Carraci from Recueil de 283 estampes, gravées à l’eau-forte par les plus habiles peintres du tems, d’après les desseins des grands maistres, que possédait autrefois M. Jabach et qui depuis sont passés au Cabinet du Roi (Paris, 1754), no.45E by J. Marot. Other copies from this volume are known (FT854, FT865).

by Richard Stephens

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