- Museum number
On the Banks of the Tiber, near Ponte Molle; grassy banks in foreground, with group of figures on right in mid-distance. 1780
Pen and grey ink with grey wash and watercolour
- Production date
Height: 207 millimetres
Width: 269 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- From album NN,02.1-32
See Nn,1.1 for information about the Towne albums as a whole.
See Nn,2.12, Nn,2.4, Nn,1.20 and Nn,1.24 for other views of the Tiber.
The following label was written by Richard Stephens for the Towne exhibition in 2016:
After he travelled back to England in 1781, Towne returned to Exeter, where he pursued a successful career as a drawing master and view-maker. He did not exhibit at the Royal Academy until 1788, when he began a 15-year long campaign to win associate membership of the organisation. Towne used this watercolour as the source for the oil painting that he exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1792, in support of his membership bid (see illustration). Towne received no votes in 1792, and ultimately his campaign failed.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2016 Jan-Aug, BM, 'Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome' (no catalogue)
- Laid down in original wash-lined mount.
- Acquisition date
- Prints and Drawings
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
Miscellaneous number: 1972,U.601