Francis Towne

A View of Shaugh and Dewerstone, Devonshire

1 September 1815
A relatively obscure drawing teacher from Devon who received little recognition in his own day, Francis Towne's work was rediscovered in the early 20th century, when his stylized and decorative use of flat planes of watercolour enclosed within elegant outlines struck a chord with the modern sensibility. The present work consists of two leaves from the artist's sketchbook of a Devonshire tour made in the last year of his life. It shows the remarkable breadth of vision, bold simplification, and decorative treatment of natural forms that make Towne's work so distinctive within the English watercolour tradition.
Title
A View of Shaugh and Dewerstone, Devonshire
Date
1 September 1815
Medium
Drawing
Materials
pen and grey ink with grey and watercolour wash over graphite on wove paper
Dimensions
14 x 45.6 cm
Nationality
British
Credit line
Purchased 1938
Accession number
5075