Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Pantenbruck
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey wash, scratching out
  • image width 465mm,
  • image length 285mm
paper has stitch marks evident along its left edge, and a watermark “C&I HONIG”
  • sheet, verso
  • “Panten-Bruck Morning light from the right Hand / No.29 Septr 3d 1781 / Francis Towne”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Museum 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) inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP76). In 1930 Judith Merivale sold it to Norman Darnton Lupton (1875–1953) of Hyde Crook, Dorchester, Dorset, with five other drawings (FT320, FT375, FT436, FT544, FT597) for £27 10s. Agnes Lupton (1874–1950) and Norman Lupton bequeathed the drawing to the present owner, Leeds City Art Gallery (13.209/53).

Associated People & Organisations

Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds, 1953, 13.209/53
Agnes Lupton (1874 - 1950), Dorchester, 1930, GBP 27 10s
Norman Darnton Lupton (1875 - 1953), Dorchester, 1930, GBP 27 10s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP76
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP76
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
[?] Annual Exhibition of Water-Colours & Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1934, no. 83
Watercolours and Drawings from the City Art Gallery, Leeds, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1960, no. 42
The Lupton Collection, Leeds City Art Gallery, 1972, no. 79
The Great Age of British Watercolours 1750-1880, Royal Academy of Arts, 1993, no. 274
Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds Art Calendar, No. 26: Leeds, 1954, p. 10
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 131


From the direction of the light this appears to be a northwards view.

by Richard Stephens

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