Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Hampstead
Pencil (?), pen and black ink, blue and grey washes
  • image width 210mm,
  • image length 360mm
on laid paper with a vertical crease down the centre
  • sheet, verso
  • “Hampstead Heath evening light from/ the right hand 1800 F. Towne”
  • in brown ink
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Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby'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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP241). In November 1933 Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery, although the frame bore an old Walker’s Galleries label in 2006. It was purchased by Sir John Braithwaite (1884–1973), a female descendant of whom offered it for sale at Sotheby’s on 7 June 2006, lot 360, when it did not sell.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 7 June 2006, lot 360
Sir John Braithwaite (1884 - 1973)
Squire Gallery, London, November 1933
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP241
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP241
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Private Collection


Hampstead was a village north of London. Paul Oppé’s note reads: “241 1800 Hampstead. Prep. blue only.”1 This drawing must pre-date the end of July 1800, as Towne was in Exeter from that point onwards.2

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.
  2. 2 Bury 1962, p.113.

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