Francis Towne In the Campagna, Rome, Looking towards the Sabine Mountains c.1786

Artwork details

Artist
Francis Towne 1739–1816
Title
In the Campagna, Rome, Looking towards the Sabine Mountains
Date c.1786
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
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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.

April 2007