- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- In St John’s in the Vale
- The Vale of St. John, in Cumberland
- The Vale of St John
- Pencil, pen and grey and brown inks, watercolour
- image width 156mm,
- image length 235mm
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “No34 / F.Towne delt 1786”
- the inscription in brown wash with a brush, over an earlier brown ink inscription (but Towne has not gone over the “N” of “No” or the “T” of “Towne”)
- sheet, verso
- “light from the right hand 3 o Clock” in pencil and “No34 / In the Vale of St John August the 17th 1786 light from the right hand 3 O Clock. / F.Towne.” in ink
- Object Type
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Museum records; 1997 Tate catalogue (image); Examination
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) inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP149). In August 1933 Judith Merivale sold it for £10 to Miss Emily Norrie (perhaps 1891–1973) of Pequot Avenue, New London, Connecticut. It was sold by “a gentleman” at Sotheby’s on 10 December 1958, lot 78, for £260 jointly to the Fine Art Society and Agnew’s (Agnew’s no.J9587, Fine Art Society no.6713), and Agnew’s sold it on 19 January 1959 to a private collector. In 1969 it was given anonymously to the current owner, Rhode Island School of Design (69.154.1).
- Associated People & Organisations
- Rhode Island Museum of Art, School of Design, Providence, 1969, 69.154.1
- Private Collection, 19 January 1959
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 10 December 1958, GBP 260, no.J9587
Acquired jointly with the Fine Art Society (no.6713). Agnew's sold it on 19 January 1959 to a private collector.
- The Fine Art Society, London, London, 10 December 1958, GBP 260, no.6713
Acquired jointly with Agnew's (no.J9587)
- Sotheby's, London, London, 10 December 1958, lot 78
- Emily Norrie (1891 - 1973), New London, Connecticut, August 1933, GBP 10
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP149
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP149
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- [?] Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 63, 64, or 65 as 'The Vale of St. John, in Cumberland', or 88 as 'The Vale of St John'
- 86th Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1959, no. 42
- Selection II, British Watercolours and Drawings, Rhode Island School of Design, 1972, no. 14
- Francis Towne, Tate Gallery; Leeds City Art Gallery, 24 June 1997 - 4 January 1998, no. 53
Revisions & Feedback
The website will be updated from time to time and, when changes are made, a PDF of the previous version of each page will be archived here for consultation and citation.
Please help us to improve this catalogue
If you have information, a correction or any other suggestions to improve this catalogue, please contact us.