John White Abbott (1763 - 1851) after Francis Towne
  • Tivoli
No date
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour
  • image height 384mm,
  • image length 356mm
paper watermarked “J WHATMAN 1813”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Tivoli / Mr Towne”
Object Type

At Tivoli
Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie’s records (image)


Sold on 31 July 1946 by the artist’s great-granddaughter Rosetta Frances Dobson (1892–1965) for £6 to the Fine Art Society (no.4534) as a Francis Towne, within a large group of works by John White Abbott and William Payne. On 18 October 1946 the drawing was bought for £63 by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), who on 30 September 1952 sold it back to the Fine Art Society (no.5886) for £60. On 30 June 1963 the Fine Art Society sold it again, for £120 to R. F. Butler, again as a Towne. It is thereafter untraced until offered for sale at Christie’s on 14 July 1992, lot 22, and again at Christie’s on 13 July 1993, lot 16 (as a Francis Towne), when it was bought for £4,200 by Spink & Son, who sold it on 24 May 1994 for £7,800 to a UK corporate collection. It was sold at Sotheby’s on 15 July 1999, lot 124, for £5,200, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 15 July 1999, GBP 5200
Sotheby's, London, London, 15 July 1999, lot 124
Corporate Collection, UK, 15 July 1994, GBP 7800
Spink & Son, London, London, 13 July 1993, GBP 4200
Christie's, London, London, 13 July 1993, lot 16
Christie's, London, London, 14 July 1992, lot 22
R. F. Butler, 30 June 1963, GBP 120
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 30 September 1952, GBP 60, no.5886
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 18 October 1946, GBP 63
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 31 July 1946, GBP 6, no.4534
Rosetta Frances Dobson (1892 - 1965), 31 July 1946


This is a copy by White Abbott of part of Towne’s Tivoli drawing (FT259), which was sold by White Abbott’s descendants in 1997.

by Richard Stephens

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