Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape
No date
Pen and ink, grey wash
  • sheet, verso
  • “This 3rd drawing Finished for Sr. Thomas Acland to have 8 guineas for it”
  • in pencil
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Paul Oppé notes


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 (BP200). In December 1935 Judith Merivale sold it to Sir Francis Dyke Acland, Bt (1874–1939), for £7 10s. with FT441 and FT442. The drawing is untraced after this date.

Associated People & Organisations

Sir Francis Dyke Acland (1874 - 1939), December 1935, GBP 7.10s
Acquired with FT441 and FT442
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP200
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP200
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


Paul Oppé described this drawing as a “Bridge on Stream, road left with two people Trees right, bit of trees[?] & figure, hills beyond Uniform grey wash over all. Crinkly pen outline”.1 On the basis of this, the version commissioned by Sir Thomas Dyke Acland is probably FT554. The studies for two further Acland commissions dated 1790 (FT555 and FT556) are lost.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: miscellaneous notes.

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