Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • View at Rome – Afternoon
  • Roadside Scene In Rome (The Ancient Wall Between Porta Salaria And Porta Pinciana)
  • The Walls of Rome
No date
Oil on wood
  • canvas width 467mm,
  • canvas width 660mm
  • canvas, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne pinxt.1800”
  • stretcher, verso
  • “Francis Towne” and “Francis”
Object Type
Oil painting

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


Owned before 1937 by Thomas Andrew (Mayor of Exeter, 1881–82). Dr Robert Alfred Worthington (1878–1945) of Exeter gave it in 1937 to the current owner, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter (106/1937.2). It is probably the picture Oppé saw in ca. 1915 in the collection of Reginald Merivale (1852–1937), which he noted as “Rome walls”.

Associated People & Organisations

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 1937, 106/1937.2
Dr Robert Alfred Worthington (1878 - 1945), Exeter, 1937
Thomas Andrew, Exeter
[?] Reginald Merivale (1852 - 1937), 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
The Exhibition of the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, 1800, no. 169 as 'View at Rome - afternoon'
[?] Works of British artists placed in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall-Mall for exhibition and Sale, British Institution, 1808, no. 187 as 'The Walls of Rome, measuring 737 x 914 mm'
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 82
English Painting 1560-1860, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1968, no. 19
Paintings and Drawings by Francis Towne and John White Abbott in the collection of Exeter Museums and Art Gallery, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1971, no. 3
Francis Towne & John White Abbott: Paintings and Watercolours from the Exeter Museums and Art Gallery, Marble Hill House, 1973, no. 3
Jane C. Baker, Catalogue of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture, Exeter Museums: Exeter, 1978, p. 117
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 101


This is a version of FT176. It is a faithful copy except in the foliage at the right of the picture, which is much denser and darker than in the drawing.

This picture and its pair, a view of Tivoli also dated 1800, are highly likely to have been exhibits in 1808 as well as 1800, despite the discrepancy between their sizes and the measurements given in the 1808 catalogue (which may have included the frame and were, in any case, inaccurate in the case of another picture by Towne shown in 1812, FT651).


by Richard Stephens

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