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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Nn,1.19

  • Description

    Temple of Minerva at Sunset, formerly part of an album; circular temple with arches and thick masonry piers, dome completely obscured by shrubs and bushes, roof tiles of another building to right Watercolour with pen and black ink, strengthened with gum arabic

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1781
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 314 millimetres
    • Width: 376 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Inscribed and dated: "No 46 Fr Towne delt. 1781" Verso: inscribed with further details
  • Curator's comments

    From album NN,01.1-25
    See Nn,1.1 for information about the Towne albums as a whole.
    Ref: Thomas Ashby, Forty drawings of Roman scenes by British artists (1715-1850) from Originals in the British Museum, 1911, no. XIX.
    For the inscription, see: Richard Stephens, 'Francis Towne's Views of Rome', British Art Journal, X, no. 3, 2010, p. 48 (repro. fig. 3).
    The dome of the so-called temple, seen here virtually complete, collapsed in 1828.

    The following label was written by Richard Stephens for the Towne exhibition in 2016:
    This is probably the best-preserved and most effective sunset among Towne's watercolours of Rome. It achieves the serenity for which Claude Lorrain's evening views were famous in the 18th century. It seems that Towne did not work on this watercolour in subsequent years, so that the sky lacks the ferocity and mannerisms of some of his later studies of Tivoli.

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  • Bibliography

    • Binyon 1898-1907 2(18) bibliographic details
    • Bury 1962 2(18) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (British Atlas PIIIb)

  • Exhibition history

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

  • Subjects

  • Associated places

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1816

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    Nn,1.19

  • Additional IDs

    • 1972,U.636
Temple of Minerva at Sunset, formerly part of an album; circular temple with arches and thick masonry piers, dome completely obscured by shrubs and bushes, roof tiles of another building to r Watercolour with pen and black ink, strengthened with gum arabic

Temple of Minerva at Sunset, formerly part of an album; circular temple with arches and thick masonry piers, dome completely obscured by shrubs and bushes, roof tiles of another building to r Watercolour with pen and black ink, strengthened with gum arabic

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