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In the valley of The Grisons
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In the valley of The Grisons


Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)

Graphite, pen and ink (brown-grey), watercolour (yellow, green, brown, blue), brush and ink (dark brown) on paper (white laid)

Width: 46.7 cm; Height: 28.7 cm;

Pen and ink (brown), verso of mount, In the Valley of the Grisons looking on Tusis... / in the morning drawn by Francis Towne on the Spot.

Signed and dated in pen and ink (black), lower left recto, F.Towne delt / N.19 1781

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

About this work
In 1781 Francis Towne returned from Italy with John ‘Warwick’ Smith via the Swiss town of Thusis, viewed in this drawing from the west bank of the Hinter Rhein, a tributary of the Rhine. The scene is dominated by the looming mass of the Muttnerhöhe and Muttnerhorn. The words ‘in the morning drawn by Francis Towne on the Spot’ inscribed on the sheet most probably refer to the initial sketch which was later worked up into this finished watercolour. (Permanent collection label)

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

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