Trees by the Lake, Peamore Park, near Exeter, Devon
Francis Towne British
Not on view
Towne often sketched at Peamore Park, the estate of the Hippesley Coxe family near his home in Exeter. This watercolor is distinguished by blue and green washes heightened with warmer browns. In earlier works, Towne typically used pen and ink to outline and distinguish forms but set that practice aside here and created a strong composition using only finely modulated watercolor; he conveyed luxuriant foliage using feathery touches of the brush. Portions of the paper were left in reserve to define tree trunks and branches in the foreground and the technique helps date the drawing to the seventeen nineties or later. An inscription on the verso notes that Towne painted it “on the spot”, anticipating practices of succeeding generations of British watercolorists.
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