T03602 A POST-HOUSE NEAR FLORENCE c. 1770
Inscribed ‘W Marlow’ bottom centre
Watercolour over traces of pencil on hand-made wove paper 10 × 14 (252 × 356)
Purchased (Grand-in-Aid) 1983
Prov: ...; (?) Sant Angelo; J.W. Giles, by whom acquired as a gift 1959 and sold Sotheby's 11 November 1982 (65, repr.) bt Agnew, from whom bt by the Tate Gallery
Exh: 110th Annual Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings, Agnew, January–February 1983 (22)
There is a smaller watercolour version (7 × 5 1/2in) in the Henry R. Huntington Library and Art Gallery (ex. coll. Gilbert Davis, exh.
Watercolours and Drawings, Colnaghi, April–May 1955, no.61). A date of c.1770 is suggested by Michael Liversidge, who considers (in correspondence) that both drawings were made after Marlow's return to London from his continental tour of 1765–6; he notes that apart from sketches and pencil outline drawings which served as a models for later painted or finished watercolour compositions, on oil or watercolour painting was actually executed abroad by Marlow.
The Tate Gallery 1982-84: Illustrated Catalogue of Acquisitions, London 1986