Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape Composition
No date
Pen and grey ink, grey wash
  • image height 248mm,
  • image length 184mm
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne delt / 1780”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Landscape Composition
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Colnaghi records; Witt Library (image)


Untraced until in the collection of Viscount Radcliffe (1899–1977) prior to its sale at Christie’s on 27 April 1965, lot 191, to Colnaghi (D28447), possibly jointly with another purchaser. Colnaghi sold it on 5 August 1965 to Walter Augustus Brandt (1902–1978), whose descendants offered it for sale at Sotheby’s on 7 July 2011, lot 207.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 7 July 2011, lot 207
Offered for sale by Walter Augustus Brandt's descendants
Walter Augustus Brandt (1902 - 1978), 5 August 1965
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 27 April 1965, D28447
Acquired by Colnaghi at Christie's on 27 April 1965, possibly jointly with another purchaser.
Christie's, London, London, 27 April 1965, lot 191
Viscount Radcliffe, April 1965


This is an imaginary composition in the style of Nicholas Poussin. Towne made another version of it dated 1793 (FT796).

by Richard Stephens

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