Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Indicknowle
  • A wooded landscape
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash
  • image width 345mm,
  • image length 243mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.2 / Indinowle / August the 26th. 1783 / Morning light from the left hand / From 12. till 1 o Clock / Francis Towne”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum records (image)


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1745–1825), 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 (BP187) and sold it in July 1923 to the present owner, the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (no.1092), for £30.

Associated People & Organisations

Fitzwilliam Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, July 1923, GBP 30, PDP, 1092
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP187
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP187
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 129


This drawing may be an exaggerated view of Stoneditch Hill.1 The composition is similar to the upright views Towne made in the Glarus valley, Switzerland, in September 1781 (FT367, FT371).

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Email correspondence with Brian Pearce of the Exmoor National Parks Authority, December 2005.

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