- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Walton Bridge
- Old Walton Bridge
- Oil on canvas
- image width 399mm,
- image length 781mm
- canvas, recto
- signed and dated “1785”
- Object Type
- Oil painting
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Museum records; Bridgeman Art Library (image)
Perhaps commissioned by Michael Dicker Sanders (b. ca. 1759), but untraced until purchased by Agnew’s (no.8479) on 18 January 1939 from J. Clack, where it was purchased on 31 July 1942 by Captain J. R. Alsopp. On 3 February 1964 it was sold back to Agnew’s (no.4301) by P. W. Alsopp and on the same day purchased by Paul Mellon (1907–1999), who gave it to the current owner, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven (B1976.7.155).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, December 1975, B1976.7.155
- Mr Paul Mellon (1907 - 1999), London, 3 February 1964
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 3 February 1964, no.4301
- P. W. Alsopp
- J. R. Alsopp, 31 July 1942
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 18 January 1939, no.8479
- J. Clack
- [?] Michael Dicker Sanders (ca. 1759), 1785
- Exhibition History
- Fourteen British Painters, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1941
- Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art: New Haven, 1985, pp. 224-225
- G. J. Gordon, 'Some English Precursors of Modernism', Studio: 1942, p. 93
- Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, pp. 26, 128
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Sanders is the obvious candidate as Towne’s patron on this occasion, as in 1782. It is likely that Sanders never owned his great-uncle’s Canaletto, as Samuel Dicker’s will explicitly directed his pictures at Walton to be sold after his death.