Etruscan mythology, £8.99
Height: 321.000 mm
Width: 468.000 mm
Francis Towne Bequest
Prints and Drawings
Francis Towne, Ariccia, a watercolour with pen outlines
Italy, AD 1781
'Morning Sun breaking over the Church & Buildings'
Ariccia, a small town in the Alban Hills to the south of Rome, was a resort for the people of Rome and visitors seeking to escape the summer heat of the city. On the back of the sheet Towne (1739/40-1816) wrote: 'Italy Laricea July 11 1781 Morning Sun breaking over the Church & Buildings.'
Soon after his arrival in Rome in October 1781, Towne met up with his old friend William Pars, who seems to have brought him up-to-date with the latest ideas of the international community of landscape painters working in the city. Pars' pupil Charles Gore was a great friend of the German artist Jakob Phillip Hackert who was also interested in particular effects of light at different times of day.
L. Stainton, British landscape watercolours (London, The British Museum Press, 1985)
T. Wilcox, Francis Towne (Tate Gallery, London, 1997)
A. Wilton and I. Bignamini (eds.), Grand Tour: the lure of Italy (London, Tate Gallery Publishing, 1996)
A. Bury, Francis Towne: lone star of wa (London, Charles Skilton, 1962)