Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Near St David's Hill, Exeter
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 105mm,
  • image width 180mm
  • sheet, verso
  • signed and inscribed “Near St. David’s Hill, Exeter / August 18th, 1815”
Part of
  • 1812-1815 Sketchbook
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Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Phillips 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. It is thereafter untraced until offered for sale at Phillips on 11 July 1999, lot 18, and again at Phillips on 9 November 2000, lot 11. It did not sell on either occasion but was was sold at Phillips in Exeter on 29 March 2001 for £460 to the current owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 29 March 2001, GBP 460
Phillips, Exeter, 29 March 2001
Phillips, 9 November 2000, lot 11
Phillips, 11 July 1999, lot 18
[?] 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


This is a view of the north-west approach to Exeter, looking south.

by Richard Stephens

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