Unidentified circle of Towne
  • Landscape, after Francis Towne
No date
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 240mm,
  • image width 186mm
laid paper, watermark “JW” with a Strasburg Lily
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby's (image)


Untraced until sold at Sotheby’s on 22 April 1959, lot 33, as by John White Abbott, to Walker’s Galleries. In 1959 Walker’s sold the drawing to Walter Augustus Brandt (1902–1978), whose descendants offered it for sale at Sotheby’s on 7–8 July 2011, lot 205, as by Francis Towne.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 7 July 2011
Sotheby's, London, London, 7 August 2011
lot 205
Walter Augustus Brandt (1902 - 1978), 1959
Walker's Galleries, London, 22 April 1959
Sotheby's, London, London, 22 April 1959
lot 33
Exhibition History
Exhibition of Drawings and Watercolours from a Private Collection [the collection of Walter Augustus Brandt (1902-1978)], Fitzwilliam Museum, 1971, no. 1 as by John White Abbott


This seems to be an imaginary Italianate landscape study drawn by an unknown pupil, and based on a source drawing that Towne himself made for the purpose (FT847a, now lost) since another version of the same composition survives in Miss Maingey’s album (FT847). It was doubtless given to a pupil to copy at an early stage of tuition.

by Richard Stephens

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