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Forest of Radnor, with the Black Mountains in the distance
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Forest of Radnor, with the Black Mountains in the distance


Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)

Watercolour, bodycolour and grey ink washes with some drawing with the point of a brush and pen in dark grey ink over graphite on two sheets of wove paper, joined vertically at the centre

Height: 17.1 cm (left sheet 17.1 cm, right sheet 17.1 cm); Width: 50.6 cm (left sheet 25.3 cm, right sheet 25.3 cm);

Graphite, verso of each sheet, 3 & 4
Pen and ink (brown) by the artist, verso of right sheet, The Forest of Radnor, the black Mountains in the left-hand distance

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Spooner, William (Mr and Mrs); bequest; 1967

About this work
The Forest of Radnor, a plateau in mid-Wales used as a royal hunting ground in the medieval period, looms against clouds. Towne rendered the scene with his typically restricted palette of greys, greens and blues. His delineation of form verges on abstraction, with fine detail excised in favour of planes of carefully modulated colour. In order to achieve the long narrow format, Towne joined two sheets of a sketchbook. Late in life he worked exclusively in sketchbooks. (Permanent collection label)

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Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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