Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Bridge at Worcester, and the Malvern Hills
Pencil, pen and brown and black ink, watercolour
  • image width 165mm,
  • image length 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Bridge at Worcester, and the Malvern Hills / August 23d. 1810. 5 O’Clock in the morning / sun rising from the left hand. rosy morning”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
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Description Sources
Examination; Witt Library (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. This drawing was not among seventeen sold by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand to the Fine Art Society in 1963, however. It is untraced apart from its appearance at Martin Gregory’s in 1997.

Associated People & Organisations

Martyn Gregory, London, 1997
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 140


This is a view in Worcester looking south towards a domed tollhouse. It was apparently the first stop Towne chose to draw on his 1810 summer trip, and his anticipation of the Malvern Hills is clear.

This is surely the drawing Oppé refered to in his summary description of the contents of the 1810 sketchbook. Therefore, although this work was not among those sold in 1963, it seems certain that it originated in the book.

by Richard Stephens

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