Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Clovelly
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 260mm,
  • image length 178mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “September 10th. 1813”
Part of
  • 1813 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Christie’s records (image); Agnew’s records


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 (1745–1844) 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 FT752 to FT764, which they sold in 1927 to Walker’s Galleries for £60. It was bought there by Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888–1952), whose descendants sold it at Christie’s on 13 October 1979, lot 73.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 13 December 1979, lot 73
Norman Dakeyne Newall (1888 - 1952)
Walker's Galleries, London, 1927, GBP 60
Within a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764.
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
24th Annual Exhibition of Early English Watercolours, Walker's Galleries, 1928, no. 84
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 143


This is a view of Clovelly from the foot of the very steep slope on which the village is built. The wooden stairway in Towne’s drawing was one of the structures that gave access to the quay, visible in the right of William Daniell’s view published in 1814.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 William Daniell, Clovelly, ca. 1814 (Somers Cocks 2002).

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