Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Part of Mount Edgcumbe
Pencil, pen and ink, blue and grey washes
  • image width 171mm,
  • image width 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Part of Mt Edgecumbe”
  • based on the Fine Art Society description of this drawing, as the drawing is stuck to a modern mount
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Fine Art Society 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 owned by 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 (7772/13) was sold for £475 to Walter Augustus Brandt (1902–1978), a member of whose family offered it for sale at Sotheby’s on 7 July 2011.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Sotheby's, London, London, 7 July 2011
Walter Augustus Brandt (1902 - 1978), GBP 475
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 19 June 1963, GBP 3750, no.7772/13
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, June 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
[?] unidentified exhibition, Arts Council Welsh Committee, 1964, no. 85 as 'Part of Mt Edgcumbe'


Mount Edgcumbe was the seat of the 2nd Earl of Mount Edgcumbe (1764–1839) and a popular spot from which to view Plymouth.

by Richard Stephens

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