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Inscription

upper center verso in pen and brown ink: No. 7 / Vevey Sept. 20 1781 / Francis Towne; center verso in pen and brown ink: La tour de pil; lower left verso in pen and brown ink: All the tops of the Buildings darker than the Lake (repeated below by later hand in graphite); by later hand, center right verso in graphite: 87 BP; by later hand, lower right verso in graphite: 8 4554 / 7482

Provenance

James White, Exeter (1816-1825); John Herman Merivale, Barton Place, Exeter (1825-1844); by descent, Merivale family, Barton Place, Exeter, (1844-c.1915); Sir William Arthington Worsley, 4th Baronet, Hovingham Hall, York (probably 1915-1981); (Thos. Agnew & Sons Ltd., London); purchased by William B. O'Neal, Charlottesville, VA, 1981-1994; gift to NGA, 1995.

Exhibition History
1993
Drawings from the O'Neal Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1993, no. 35.
1996
Drawings from the O'Neal Collection, Georgia Museum of Art, The University of Georgia, Athens, 4 May-16 June, 1996.
Bibliography
1974
Bury, Adrian. Frances Towne: Lone Star of Water-colour Painting. London: Charles Skilton Ltd, 1974, 142 (listed under works in private collections)
1993
NGA O'Neal 1993, ex 35.