Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Near Gloucester
Pencil, pen and grey ink, blue, grey, and yellow washes
  • image width 171mm,
  • image length 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Near Gloucester”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Agnew's records (image)


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 FT689 to FT714, much or all of which by 1963 was the property of Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand. On 19 June 1963 they sold seventeen drawings from the book, including this one, to the Fine Art Society (no.7772) for £3,750. This drawing was sold on 2 November 1964 to Agnew’s (no.4604). Agnew’s sold it the same day to a collector. It was on sale at Agnews in 1998 (very probably sold to Agnew’s by the collector, his heirs, or executors), whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 1998
Private Collection, 2 November 1964
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 2 November 1964, no.4604
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 19 June 1963, GBP 3750
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Early English Water-colours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1964, no. 80
English Watercolours: Drawings and Small Oil Paintings: Agnew's 125th Annual Exhibition, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1998, no. 16

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