Patience, Carpenter, Lady Trelawny
  • A View on the Haven Banks of Part of the City of Exeter
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
wove paper, with a vertical crease down the centre
  • sheet, verso
  • “C.P.Carpenter / A View on the Hayne banks of / part of the City of Exeter / drawn on the Spot August 13th. 1802”
  • in brown ink in Francis Towne’s hand
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Presented to the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter, in 1931 (51/1931).

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Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 1931, 51/1931
Jane C. Baker, Catalogue of Oil Paintings, Watercolours, Drawings and Sculpture, Exeter Museums: Exeter, 1978


pen and grey ink with grey wash over pencil, with original pen and grey ink line mounts

This is a view of Exeter from the Haven Banks of the Exe. White Abbott made a view from the same spot (Sotheby’s, 8 December 2005, lot 139). 

The limited palette indicates that Towne was teaching his pupils to draw with a grey underdrawing, then add tints—here of green for the foliage and brown for the buildings. 

There is evidence of some old gum or glue on the verso of the drawing, so it may well have once been mounted by Towne, or pasted into an album.

by Richard Stephens

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