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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2006,0930.6

  • Description

    View of the coast of the island of Lundy. 1787
    Watercolour over pen and ink

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1787
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 132 millimetres
    • Width: 211 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        On verso of the sheet inscribed by the artist in pen: "On the North Coast of Devonshire / Island of Lundy / Francis Towne delt"
  • 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.

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  • Location

    Not on display (British Roy PIIIb)

  • Exhibition history

    2016 Jan-Aug, BM, 'Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's watercolours of Rome' (no catalogue)

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2006

  • 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.

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    2006,0930.6

View of the coast of the island of Lundy.  1787  Watercolour over pen

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View of the coast of the island of Lundy. 1787 Watercolour over pen

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