Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View looking towards Canonteign
  • A View looking towards Canon-Teign / going from Chudleigh by the banks of the riverside
Pen and black ink, watercolour with gum
  • image width 201mm,
  • image length 159mm
mounted by the artist
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne delt. 1785”
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “A View looking towards Canon-Teign / going from Chudleigh by the banks of the riverside / Francis Towne / 1785”
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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). Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP202). In August 1936 Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery for £6 6s. with 434. It was subsequently acquired by poet, scholar, and novelist E. H. W. Meyerstein (1888/1889–1952), who bequeathed it to its present owner, the British Museum (1953.4.11.13).

Associated People & Organisations

British Museum, London, 1953, 1953,0411.33
E. H. W. Meyerstein (1888/89 - 1952)
Squire Gallery, London, August 1936, GBP 6.6s
Acquired with FT434
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP202
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP202
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. [?] No.1 or No.2
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 128


Chudleigh is five miles or so south-east of Canonteign along the River Teign.

Oppé’s note reads: “202. What outline there is is free pen . . . very rich heavy colouring, tree drg, brown red put on quite loose over ground & tree. Sunset thro’ tree Rich dark & reserved. Rather Gilpin like. Trees & hill dark water. (Bequeathed to B.M. by Meyerstein.)”1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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