Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Part of the Baths of Titus
  • Part of the Baths of Titus
Pencil, watercolour
  • image height 326mm,
  • image length 474mm
laid paper
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “No.31. Rome / F.Towne./ delt. 1781”
  • in brown ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.31. Rome / From 10 till 1 O Clock / A View of part of the Baths of Titus / drawn on the Spot by Francis Towne / [“March 3rd. 1781” scratched out]”
  • in brown ink
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Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), who gave it in 1816 to the present owner, the British Museum, London (Nn.1.05).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum
James White (1744 - 1825)
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 163 as 'Part of the Baths of Titus'
unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1934, no. 300
Das Aquarell 1400-1950, Haus der Kunst, 1972, no. 142
unidentified exhibition, British Museum, 1981
Light, time, legacy: Francis Towne’s watercolours of Rome, British Museum, 2016
Laurence Binyon, Catalogue of Drawings by British Artists and Artists of Foreign Origin Working in Great Britain Preserved in the Department of Prints and Drawings in the British Museum, Trustees of the British Museum: London, 1907, p. 201
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 110
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 79, 125


In Towne’s day Trajan’s Baths were known as the Baths of Titus (see also FT207). The ruin here is the Sette Sale (the seven rooms) near the Domus Aurea. John “Warwick” Smith also drew this ruin, in a watercolour now in the British Museum.

by Richard Stephens

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