Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Netley Abbey
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 173mm,
  • image length 363mm
paper has a vertical crease mark down the centre
  • sheet, recto
  • “Oker” twice
  • According to Oppé
  • sheet, verso
  • “No2 / Netley Abbey Sept. 8th 1798 light on the right hand / from 11 to 4 o’clock”
  • in ink over pencil
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Museum records (image); Paul Oppé Records


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 (BP215). In July 1938 Judith Merivale sold it to Rembrandt Gallery for £6, where perhaps it was acquired by Mrs H. Neame, who sold it on 17 October 1946 for £25 to Agnew’s (no.4770), from whom the same day it was bought for £32 by the present owner, Southampton City Art Gallery (no.1283).

Associated People & Organisations

Southampton City Art Gallery, 17 October 1946, GBP 32, no.1283
Thomas Agnew & Sons, 17 October 1946, GBP 25, no.4770
Mrs H. Nearne, October 1946
Rembrandt Gallery, July 1938, GBP 6
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP215
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP215
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
The Hampshire Landscape, Guildhall Gallery, 1972
Landscapes - an anthology from Southampton Art Gallery, Southampton Art Gallery, 1979
Views on Paper: Some Watercolours in Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton Art Gallery, 1987
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 147
Elizabeth Ogborn, Southampton Art Gallery Collection: Illustrated inventory of paintings, drawings and sculpture, Department of Leisure Services: Southampton, 1980, pp. 83-84
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, pp. 135-136


According to a note by Oppé, this drawing is inscribed “Oker” twice.

by Richard Stephens

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