Louisa Heath Drury (née Merivale) (1787 - 1873)
  • A Study in the New Forest
Pencil and grey, brown, green and blue washes
  • image height 420mm,
  • image height 260mm
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No11 / From a Study of Mr F. Towne, / in the New Forest / Louisa Drury / 1802”
  • in Francis Towne’s hand, in light brown ink except “No11” in dark brown ink
Object Type
Monochrome wash

A View in the New Forest
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Descended to the artist’s granddaughter Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945) of Oxford, whose executors sold it on 12 April 1946 to Agnew’s (no.4555). There it was bought on 18 February 1947 by Mrs Maxwell Scott (presumably the wife of one of three brothers, Walter (b.1875), Malcolm (b.1883), and Herbert (b.1891) Maxwell Scott) for £18 18s. It is thereafter untraced until it was sold at Mallam’s of Oxford on 14 December 2005, lot 321, for £70 to the current owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 14 December 2005, GBP 70
Mallam's, Oxford, Oxford, 14 December 2005, lot 321
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 12 April 1946, no.4555
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford


This is a copy of a sketch by Towne dated 14 June 1800 (FT622), identified through the inscription here as a view in the New Forest in Hampshire. Drury (Merivale) may herself have visited that area in 1802, as her brother visited Netley Abbey then (see FT601). Possibly this work was one of at least eleven that Towne mounted—perhaps as a series marking the end of Drury’s school career, since in Family Memorials (Exeter, 1881) her daughter Anna Merivale reported that Drury received lessons from Towne at an Exeter school until 1802.

On the back of a 1931 list of some of Judith Merivale’s drawings Paul Oppé wrote in pencil “Louisa Drury a copy after Towne 1802”, and although this note is not obviously connected to anything, it is presumably a hurried record of this drawing.



by Richard Stephens

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