Unidentified circle of Towne
  • Landscape Composition
  • Geneva
  • Lakeside Landscape at Geneva
  • Lake Leman
No date
Watercolour (?)
  • image height 381mm,
  • image width 298mm
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Fine Art Society records; Bury (image)


Untraced until 12 June 1935 when sold by the Fine Art Society for £29 8s. to Charles E. Russell of 23 Rutland Gate, London, as “Geneva”. Russell sold it as “Lakeside Landscape at Geneva” at Sotheby’s on 18 October 1950, lot 46, for £150 to Agnew’s (no.6316) on behalf of L. Abel Smith (presumably Lady Abel Smith [1906–1994]). It was sold at Christie’s on 2 February 1958, lot 94, for £262 10s. to the Fine Art Society (no.6613). In 1959 the Fine Art Society sold it again, for £450 to Colonel C. Dawnay (presumably Montgomery’s aide-de-camp Lieutenant-Colonel Christopher “Kit” Dawnay of Longparish) as “Lake Leman”. In 1962 Bury noted it in a private collection, presumably Dawnay’s, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Christopher Dawnay, 1959, GBP 450
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 2 February 1958, GBP 262, no.6613
Christie's, London, London, 2 February 1958, lot 94
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 18 October 1950, GBP 150, no.6316
Sotheby's, London, London, 18 October 1950, lot 46
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1935
Exhibition History
Thirty-Ninth Exhibition of Early English Water-Colours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1959, no. 31
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 110 as 'Lac Leman' by Francis Towne


This drawing is close to but distinct from the Carraci-derived composition at FT865. Like that drawing, it is probably copied from one of Towne’s own works. Between the 1930s and 1960s it was considered to be the work of Towne himself, but it is clearly by a pupil.

by Richard Stephens

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