Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Bridge near the Lodge at Saltram
Pencil, pen and grey ink (?), grey and blue washes
  • image width 171mm,
  • image width 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Bridge near the lodge at Saltram”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie'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, which by 1961 had descended to Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand and which on 19 June 1963 they sold to the Fine Art Society (no.7772) for £3,750. In 1963 or 1964 the Fine Art Society sold this drawing (no.7772/14) to Anthony Reed for £441. In 1967 it was again on sale at the Fine Art Society (no.8655), where it was bought by Mrs W. Howe for £600. It is thereafter untraced until sold at Christie’s, South Kensington, on 3 July 2007, lot 663, as attributed to Thomas Sunderland, for £1,500 excluding fees to Abbott and Holder, who sold it to the current owner, a private collector.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Abbott and Holder Ltd, 3 July 2007, GBP 1500
Christie's, London, London, 3 July 2007, lot 663
attributed to Thomas Sunderland
Mrs W. Howe, 1967
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1967, GBP 600, no.8655
Anthony Reed (20th century), London, 1964, GBP 441
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 19 June 1963, GBP 3750, no.7772/14
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 1961
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
Early English Water-colours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1964, no. 92 as 'Bridge near the Lodge at Saltram'



Saltram Park was the seat of John Parker, 2nd Lord Borington (1772–1840). Towne’s drawing is drawn just outside Plympton and shows Long Bridge over the River Plym (see figure 1).1


by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Donn 1965, pl.10a.

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