Francis Towne

In the Campagna, Rome, Looking towards the Sabine Mountains

c.1786

View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms

Medium
Graphite and watercolour on paper
Dimensions
Support: 232 x 475 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
Reference
T08266

Display caption

This watercolour is based on a coloured sketch of the same view, now in the British Museum. The sketch is inscribed ‘No.5 2 Miles from Rome going out at the Porta Pia from 10 o Clock till 1 o clock’, and dated 26 October 1780. The countryside to the north-east of Rome was popular during this period with artists keen to escape the bustle of city life. Known as the Roman Campagna, it was also a favourite sketching ground of the celebrated seventeenth-century painter Claude Lorrain.

Gallery label, April 2007

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