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View of the coast of the island of Lundy. 1787
Watercolour over pen and ink
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Height: 132 millimetres
Width: 211 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The following label text by Richard Stephens is from 2016, Jan-Aug, exh. BM, 'Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome' (no catalogue):
Apart from his bequest to the British Museum, Towne left most of his work - including this example - to a pupil, the poet and lawyer John Herman Merivale (1779-1844). The collection remained intact until the early 1920s, when it began to be sold via the London art market by Merivale's grandchildren. The dispersal gave museums and collectors their first chance to acquire Towne's work, since the artist's reputation had been only recently established by Paul Oppé's ground-breaking research, published in 1920.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016 Jan-Aug, BM, 'Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome' (no catalogue)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- This item has an uncertain or incomplete provenance for the years 1933-45. The British Museum welcomes information and assistance in the investigation and clarification of the provenance of all works during that era.
Acquired by the donors from the sale of the Merivale collection, Sotheby's 8 July 1982, lot 72, for £1,540.
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