Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Landscape with cattle
No date
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image width 190mm,
  • image length 260mm
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Museum records; Jol 2002 (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 (BP1). In February 1934 Judith Merivale sold it to Sidney Kitson and in October 1992 Alice Barbara Kitson gave it to the current owner, the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford (P.804).

Associated People & Organisations

Higgins Bedford, Bedford, October 1992, P.804
Alice Barbara Kitson, October 1992
Sydney Kitson, February 1934
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP1
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP1
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Annual Water Colour Exhibition 1926, The Judge's Lodgings, Winchester, 1926, no. 128
The Squire Gallery Autumn Exhibition English Watercolours & Drawings, Squire Gallery, 1934, no. 6 as 'Landscape with Cattle and Sheep being driven along a Road, probably an Italian example'
Wasser, Wolken, Licht und Steine, Mittelrhein Museum Koblenz, 2002, no. 29


This is catalogued by Joll, and also in the Barton Place catalogue, as an Italian subject. However, it is clearly a drawing of ca. 1809–15 of a British landscape and was probably originally a sheet from one of Towne’s sketchbooks of that period. The size of this drawing is similar to the pages of Towne’s 1810 and 1813 sketchbooks, for example. But for its lack of sheep, this drawing would surely be the Squire exhibit of 1934.

by Richard Stephens

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