- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- The Temple of Minerva Medica
- Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour with gum
- image width 315mm,
- image length 372mm
- paper watermarked with a design of a fleur de lis within two circles, and with a horizontal crease along the upper part of the paper
- mounted by the artist
- artist's mount, recto, lower left
- “No46 / F Towne / delt. 1781”
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.46 Rome / Evening sun from the right hand / Temple of Minverva Moelica / [“July 3rd. 1781” scratched out] drawn on the Spot / Francis Towne”
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- Description Sources
- Author's examination of the object
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.1.19).
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 179 as 'Temple of Minerva Medica'
- 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. 113
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 126
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