Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Arthur’s Seat from the Meadows
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “7 / Arthurs Seat / from the Meadows Edinburgh / August 15 Morning / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's 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. It descended to Merivale’s granddaughter Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale, d.1909) within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732, and thereafter within her family, until it was offered for sale atChristie’s on 12 November 1991, lot 12, but did not sell. It was sold at Christie’s on 12 July 1994, lot 45, for £2,700.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 12 July 1994, GBP 2700
Christie's, London, London, 12 July 1994, lot 45
Christie's, London, London, 12 November 1991, lot 12
Did not sell.
Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale) (? - 1909)
Within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


The Meadows is an area of parkland in the south of Edinburgh.

by Richard Stephens

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