Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View taken of the Upper Grounds of Peamore Park
  • image width 148mm,
  • image length 184mm
mounted by the artist on grey oatmeal paper
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “F.Towne. delt. 1787”
  • in brown ink
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No.16 / A View taken of the upper grounds of Peamore Park / Looking towards Rocbere / Francis Towne / 1787”
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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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP207). In 1930 Judith Merivale sold it to Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, for £27 10s. with five other drawings (FT320, FT371, FT375, FT436, FT597). Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Lupton bequeathed the drawing to its present owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.197/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.197/53
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester, 1930, GBP 27 10s
Acquired with FT320, FT371, FT375, FT436, FT597
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester, 1930, GBP 27 10s
Acquired with FT320, FT371, FT375, FT436, FT597
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP207
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP207
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 132
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 12
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 125


Peamore was known for its hills, offering views over Exeter and beyond, in this case, to Rokbeare, a village east of the city.

This is one of Towne’s rare pure watercolours drawn on the spot and evidently belonged to a numbered series of views. As they date from the same year and at least one is mounted on grey oatmeal paper, perhaps the series included views of Chudleigh Rocks (FT538, FT539). Not only is there no pen line here, though, but Towne has produced a study with a character that is deliberately sketch-like and unfinished.


by Richard Stephens

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