Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape Composition
Pen and black ink
  • image height 160mm,
  • image length 110mm
laid paper
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / del. 1788”
Object Type
Outline only

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Cheffins (image)


Untraced until offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 21 November 1985, lot 173, when it did not sell. However, this must be the drawing that Colnaghi called “Two figures on a path in a rocky landscape, s&d 1788. Collection: Francis Abbot, godson of the artist. Pen 157x112”. That drawing was sold at Sotheby’s on 17 October 1956, lot 51, to Colnaghi (no.A21738), who sold it on 26 October 1956 for £10 to Edward Brian Seago (1910–1974). Subsequently it was in the collection of Anthony Jennings QC (1960–2008) and was sold at Cheffins of Cambridge on 19–20 September 2012, lot 347, for £1,100 excluding fees (a group of six drawings) to the present owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 19 September 2012, GBP 1100
Cheffins Auctioneers, Cambridge, 19 September 2012, lot 347
Anthony Jennings (1960 - 2008)
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 November 1985, lot 173
Edward Brian Seago (1910 - 1974), 26 October 1956, GBP 10
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 17 October 1956, no.A21738
Sotheby's, London, London, 17 October 1956, lot 51
Francis White Abbott (1801)


This looks like Towne’s own composition in emulation of a seventeenth-century Bolognese drawing, made for pupils to copy.

by Richard Stephens

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