Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A Bridge
No date
Unknown, but perhaps an outline
  • [?] image width 149mm,
  • [?] image length 216mm
Part of
  • Cornish sketchbook
Object Type
Outline only

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue; Paul Oppé notes


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it passed to Towne’s residuary legatee John Herman Merivale (1779–1844) and his successors. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP250), whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP250
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP250
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


The Barton Place catalogue refers to “A Bridge” and a “Pencil sketch by (?)” (FT609), and in his notebook Oppé commented, “250 & 251 same book” as the pages from a Cornish sketchbook (FT605, FT606, and FT607), which he had compared with the little study of Newport (FT604).

by Richard Stephens

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