Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View in Peamore Park near Exeter
No date
Pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 279mm,
  • image length 432mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “A View in Peamore Park near Exeter / drawn on the Spot by Francis Towne / London”
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Description Sources
Examination; Museum 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. On 17 February 1961 it was sold by a Mrs Merivale to Agnew’s (no.1127) with FT458, FT468, FT481, FT512. She was probably Josephine Merivale, wife of Dr Walter Herman Hodgson Merivale (ca. 1918–1971), and the drawing was probably inherited from his father (?Herman Walter Merivale, b.1898), who was given them by John Herman Merivale’s granddaughter, Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945). On 15 March 1961 Agnew’s sold the drawing to the present owner, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (PD.5-1961).

Associated People & Organisations

Fitzwilliam Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 15 March 1961, PD.5-1961
Thomas Agnew & Sons, 17 February 1961, no.1127
[?] Josephine Merivale, 1961
[?] Dr Walter Herman Hodgson Merivale (ca. 1918 - 1971)
Herman Walter Merivale (1898)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
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. 12, 13 or 14 as 'By the ditto [Quarry] in ditto [Peamore Park]'
[?] Annual Water Colour Exhibition 1926, The Judge's Lodgings, Winchester, 1926, no. 126 as 'Peamore, Trees and Sunset; or 139, Peamore Trees'
Landscapes from the Fitzwilliam, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, 1974, no. 58
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 130


On grounds of style, this view of Peamore appears to date from the 1790s or early 1800s. Equally, however, it could be a far earlier work amended during this later period (like, for instance, a Berry Pomeroy drawing, FT051), especially as the tree on the left is structured in much the same way as another Peamore tree from 1775 (FT061). 

If, as seems likely, this work was exhibited at Winchester in 1926, it must have been in Judith Merivale’s collection then.

by Richard Stephens

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