Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Kenilworth Castle
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 180mm,
  • image length 255mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.6 / Kennelworth Castle / August 28th. 1813. from 11 till ½ past one / Francis Towne delt”
Part of
  • 1813 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; 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 (1745–1844) 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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764, which they sold in 1927 to Walker’s Galleries for £60. It was offered for sale at Christie’s on 10 July 1984. It was sold again at Sotheby’s on 13 July 1989, lot 101, for £1,200, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Sotheby's, London, London, 13 July 1989, lot 101
Christie's, London, London, 10 July 1985
Walker's Galleries, London, 1927, GBP 60
Within a sketchbook containing FT752 to FT764.
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
24th Annual Exhibition of Early English Watercolours, Walker's Galleries, 1928, no. 80


Kenilworth is a few miles north of Warwick. Apart from the other drawing of it Towne made in August 1813 (FT758), a further example exists (FT655).

by Richard Stephens

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