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Near Devil's Bridge, Wales
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Near Devil's Bridge, Wales


Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)

Width: 51.2 cm (left sheet 25.6 cm, right sheet 25.6 cm); Height: 17.1 cm (left sheet 17.1 cm, right sheet 17.1 cm);

Graphite, verso of right sheet, 1 & 2
Graphite, verso of left sheet, Join
Pen and ink (brown), verso of right sheet, near the Devils Bridge / Join

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

About this work
Towne spent most of his life working as a drawing master in Devon and resented any suggestion that he was merely a provincial artist. This sheet, consisting of two pieces of paper now trimmed and joined in the centre, comes from a sketchbook which records a tour he made in the summer of 1810 through mid-Wales. The unusually large width enabled him to compose a panoramic view of the wooded mountain valley, the finished watercolour showing Towne’s characteristic lack of detail and restricted palette. (Permanent collection label)

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

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