Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • At Dunsford Bridge
Pencil, pen and grey and dark grey inks, watercolour
  • image height 229mm,
  • image width 140mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No 20 / at Dunsford Bridge Devonshire / Francis Towne.”
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
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Description Sources
Examination; John Spink (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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786, which they gave to their cousin Mary Ann Loveband (b.1865, alive in 1951), who sold the book to Agnew’s on 17 May 1938 for £60. On 6 February 1940 Agnew’s (no. 2706) sold this drawing for £8 8s. to H. G. Paterson, but it is thereafter untraced until its sale on 14 June 2004 by Waddingtons of Toronto for $8,500 Canadian dollars (very roughly £4,100) to, presumably, John Spink as he offered it for sale in 2005 for £29,000.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, London, 2005
Waddington's Auctioneers & Appraisers, Toronto, 14 June 2004, CAD 8500
H. G. Paterson, 6 February 1940, GBP 8.8s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no. 2706
Mary Ann Loveband (1865 - alive in 1951)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
67th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1940, no. 129
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 24

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