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Francis Towne, 1740–1816, British

The Claudian Aquaduct, Rome

Watercolor with pen and black ink, over graphite on medium, slightly textured, cream laid paper
Sheet: 12 5/8 x 18 1/2 inches (32.1 x 47 cm) and Contemporary drawn border: 17 x 23 inches (43.2 x 58.4 cm)

Watermark: Fleur-de-lis (unidentified)

Signed and dated in pen and black ink, lower right: "F. Towne delt | 1785"

Inscribed in pen and black ink, lower right: "F. Towne delt | 1785"; in pen and brown ink, verso, upper center: "No. 4 a View of the Claudian Aqueduct at Rome | looking towards mount Palatine | Drawn by | Francis Towne | 1785"

Credit Line:
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Accession Number:
Drawings & Watercolors
Prints and Drawings
Subject Terms:
arches | architectural subject | Grand Tour | landscape | people | ruins
Associated Places:
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IIIF Manifest:

Presences of Nature - British Landscape 1780-1830 (Yale Center for British Art, 1982-10 - 1983-02) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Edward Lear and the Art of Travel (Yale Center for British Art, 2000-09-20 - 2001-01-14) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Classic Ground - British Artists and the Landscape of Italy, 1740-1830 (Yale Center for British Art, 1981-07-29 - 1981-09-20) [YCBA Objects in the Exhibition]

Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977-1986, Yale Center for British Art , Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1986, p. 31, no. 126, N590.2 A7 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

Graham Reynolds, Scene and Sensibility, TLS, the Times Literary Supplement, issue no. 4178, April 29, 1983, p. 438, Film S748 (SML) Also available OnLine in TLS Historical Archive (ORBIS) [ORBIS]

Duncan Robinson, Acquisitions : The First Decade 1977 - 1986, , Burlington Magazine, vol. 128, October 1986, p. 31, no. 126, N1 B87 128:3 OVERSIZE (YCBA) [YCBA]

The idea of Italy : photography and the British imagination, 1840-1900, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, p. 25, pl. 2, TR57 .I33 2022+ (YCBA) [YCBA]

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