Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Mrs Culme’s Cottage, Tothill
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 136mm,
  • image width 229mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Mrs Culme’s Cottage, Tothill, Devon. Sept. 2nd 1815”
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew'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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786, which they gave to their cousin Mary Ann Loveband (b.1865, alive in 1951), who sold the book to Agnew’s on 17 May 1938 for £60. On 3 March 1939 Agnew’s (no.2697) sold this drawing for £10 10s. to Thomas Sherrer Ross Boase (1898–1974). On 5 November 1974 Colnaghi’s sold it for £200 to Agnew’s (no.3691), who sold it on 20 January 1975. It was on sale again at Agnew’s in 1982 (stock no.CM4748) but is otherwise untraced. In 2002 it was in an Oxfordshire private collection and in 2014 it was for sale at Lowell Libson.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Lowell Libson, London, 2014
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1982, no.CM4748
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 5 November 1974, GBP 200, no.3691
P&D Colnaghi & Co, London, London, 5 November 1974
Thomas Sherrer Ross Boase (1898 - 1974), 3 March 1939, GBP 10.10s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no.2697
Mary Ann Loveband (1865 - alive in 1951)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
For the love of drawing: drawings from an Oxfordshire Private Collection, Ashmolean Museum, 2002


The Culme family were landowners in the area of Tothill. Towne’s drawing perhaps shows the cottage of Mrs Charles Culme. Although this work appears not to be numbered, Agnew’s in 1938 placed it eleventh in the sketchbook of twenty-three drawings.

by Richard Stephens

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