Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Brent Bridge, Devon
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 165mm,
  • image width 250mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Brent Bridge, Devon / Septr 5th 1810 / F.Towne delt”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby's records (image)


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714, much or all of which by 1963 was owned by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand. This drawing was not among the seventeen they sold to the Fine Art Society in 1963, but on 21 July 1964 it was sold by Hay to the Fine Art Society (no.8048), who sold it on to Kenneth Ord Mackenzie for £708 15s. Thereafter it is untraced apart from its sale at Sotheby’s on 18th March 1982, lot 49, for £2,200.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 18 March 1982, GBP 2200
Sotheby's, London, London, 18 March 1982, lot 49
Kenneth Ord MacKenzie, GBP 708.15s
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 21 July 1964, no.8048
Hay, 21 July 1964
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Forty-Fifth Exhibition of Early English Water-colours and Drawings Spring 1965, Fine Art Society, 1965, no. 40


Brent Bridge is on the road between Exeter and Plymouth.1 Although this drawing did not form part of the 1963 sale, Oppé mentioned a Brent Bridge subject in his brief description of the 1810 sketchbook.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Donn 1965, pl.10a.

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