- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- Isola Bella
- ca. 1781/08/25
- Agnew’s described it as “Isola Bella monochrome” in 1936, which indicates that it had washes, probably grey-brown in colour
- sheet, verso
- “Isola Bella”, dated 25 August 1781, and numbered “7”
- Object Type
- Monochrome wash
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Barton Place catalogue
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 (BP49). On 27 February 1936 Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s (no.1846) for £8, where it was bought (on 26 February 1936 according to Agnew’s) for £12 12s. by Ruth Frances Darwin (1882/1883–1972, from 1948 Mrs William Rees-Thomas), whereafter it is untraced.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Ruth Frances Darwin (1882/83 - 1972), 26 February 1936, GBP 12.12s
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 27 February 1936, GBP 8, no.1846
- Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP49
- Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP49
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
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.