Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Bickleigh Vale
Pencil, pen and dark grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 225mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.12 Bickley Vale / Septr / 1815 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; John Spink (image); Examination


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 15 February 1939 Agnew’s (no. 2698) sold this drawing to Mrs Snow for £10 10s. It is untraced thereafter apart from its sale at Christie’s on 8 April 1997, lot 32, for £4,800, and at Sotheby’s on 25 November 2004, lot 155, for £8,800. In 2005 it was sold by John Spink (advertised for £31,000).

Associated People & Organisations

John Spink, London, 2005
Sotheby's, London, London, 25 November 2004, lot 155
Private Collection, 8 April 1997, GBP 4800
Christie's, London, London, 8 April 1997, lot 32
Mrs Snow, 15 February 1939, GBP 10.10s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no. 2698
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
[?] 66th Annual Exhibition of Water Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1939, no. 190
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 22


Bickleigh was a village on the River Plym (on the opposite side to Shaugh Prior) a few miles north of Plymouth.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Donn 1965, pl.10a.

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