Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape
ca. 1812 - 1815
Pencil, pen and light- and dark-grey inks, watercolour
  • image height 112mm,
  • image width 184mm
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 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 (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 within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751. Probably the book was among the “two small sketchbooks and five small drawings late in date” that Judith Merivale sold to Squire Gallery in 1945 for £50. On 6 June 1946 it was bought from the Fine Art Society (no.4463) for £42 (40 guineas in July 1946 according to Christies in 2003) by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 5 June 2003 for £6,500, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Christie's, London, London, 5 June 2003
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 6 June 1946, GBP 42
The Fine Art Society, London, London, June 1946, no.4463
[?] Squire Gallery, London, 1945, GBP 50
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited within a sketchbook containing FT733 to FT751.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Private Collection, 5 June 2003, GBP 6500
Exhibition History
Watercolours by Francis Towne, City Art Gallery, 1950, no. 9
Early English Water Colours, Leeds City Art Gallery, 8 October 1958 to 23 November 1958, no. 103
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 141
Sir William Worsley, Early English Water-Colours at Hovingham Hall: 1963, p. 10

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