Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A Scene taken at Newport near Launceston, Cornwall
Pencil, pen and grey and brown inks
  • image width 149mm,
  • image length 216mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne / 1799”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “This Scene taken at Newport near / Launceston in Cornwall / Francis Towne”
  • in brown ink, the mount now removed from the drawing
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (image)


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 (BP230). On 3 August 1945 Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s (no.4197) for £30 with 226, 612, 614, but as the Barton Place catalogue records its sale to Agnew’s in April 1935, this may not have been her first attempt to sell the drawing. On 28 November 1945 it was bought from Agnew’s for £15 15s. by Joseph Hawksley Elliott of Sheffield (d. ca. 1978), and his daughter sold it at Christie’s on 14 March 1978, lot 87, for £360. It was sold at Sotheby’s Olympia, on 11 May 2005, lot 46, for £2,640 including fees to John Spink, who offered it for sale later that year for £19,000.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, 2005, GBP 19000
John Spink, London, 11 May 2005, GBP 2640
Sotheby's, London, London, 11 May 2005, lot 46
Private Collection, 14 March 1978, GBP 360
Christie's, London, London, 14 March 1978, lot 87
Joseph Hawksley Elliot (1884 - 1978), Sheffield, 28 November 1945, GBP 15.15
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 3 August 1945, GBP 30, no.4197
Sold with FT226, FT612, FT614
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP230
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP230
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 3 as 'Newport in Cornwall'
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 12
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 124


Newport was a village or town just outside Launceston on the way to Werrington Park.

by Richard Stephens

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