Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape Composition
No date
Pencil, pen and black and brown inks, brown washes
  • image height 120mm,
  • image length 190mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “Francis Towne. delt 1783”
  • in brown ink
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination (image)


Untraced until sold at Phillips in April 1955 for £12 as a lot including FT797 to Leonard Duke (1889–1971). In his catalogue he recorded that it was a group “which contained a signed & dated Towne of 1783 and 4 pupils’ drawings much inferior to this. I paid £12 for the lot, which contained also drawings by T.Barker, J.Eagles, & W Havell. I got at least £60 for the remaining contents.” Duke sold it on 19 May 1955 to Spink & Son. Spink sold it on 22 June 1959 for £30 and purchased it again on 5 April 1973. It was sold at Christie’s on 27 April 1976, lot 69, and to the present owner at Sotheby’s on 9 November 1995, lot 48, for £650. According to the Spink archive, this work was sold by them on 21 June 1976, in which case presumably they were the purchasers at the Christie’s auction two months earlier.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 9 November 1995, GBP 650
Sotheby's, London, London, 9 November 1995, lot 48
Christie's, London, London, 27 April 1976, lot 69
Spink & Son, London, London, 5 May 1973
Private Collection, 22 June 1959, GBP 30
Spink & Son, London, London, 19 May 1955
Leonard Duke (1889 - 1971), April 1955, GBP 12
Phillips, London, April 1955


This is an imaginary landscape in the style of Gaspar Dughet made for the purposes of copying by a pupil. Towne has drawn, partially crossed out, and redrawn the reclining figure in the bottom-right foreground.

by Richard Stephens

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