Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Ambleside Scene
ca. 1786/08
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Barton Place catalogue


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 (BP159) and sold it to Squire Gallery in September 1934 for £14, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Squire Gallery, London, September 1934, GBP 14
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP159
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP159
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


The Barton Place catalogue describes this as having “no name but clearly belonging to Ambleside series”, presumably a reference to the group of studies Towne made of Stock Ghyll, on the outskirts of Ambleside. The one drawing from the “Ambleside series” that has been positively identified (FT528) was drawn on Roman paper measuring ca. 267 x 378 mm.

by Richard Stephens

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