Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Edinburgh Castle & Calton Hill
Pencil, watercolour
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 510mm
two sheets
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.1 / Edinburgh Castle & Calton Hill / August 13h.1811 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie's records (image)


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. It descended to Merivale’s granddaughter Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale, d.1909) within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732, and thereafter within her family, until it was sold at Christie’s on 12 November 1991, lot 10, for £8,500 to Leger Galleries, from whom it was purchased by the current owner, the National Gallery of Scotland (D 5326).

Associated People & Organisations

National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, D 5326
Leger Galleries, London, 12 November 1991, GBP 8500
Christie's, London, London, 12 November 1991, lot 10
Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale) (? - 1909)
Within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 69


This is a view looking east, with the New Town development of Princes Street on the left. The Nelson Monument, which was completed in 1807 to commemorate the battle of Trafalgar two years before, is visible in the distance on Calton Hill.

by Richard Stephens

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