Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Peakhill, Sidmouth
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 140mm,
  • image width 460mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “No22 Peakhill Sidmouth Devonshire / 12 to 1 Light from the left side / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby's records; Agnew's 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 as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786, which they gave to their cousin Mary Ann Loveband (b.1865, alive in 1951), who sold the book to Agnew’s on 17 May 1938 for £60. On 24 February 1939 Agnew’s (no.2708) sold this drawing for £21 to Professor John Malins (1915–1992), who sold it at Sotheby’s on 30 March 1983, lot 125, for £3,400.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 3 March 1083, GBP £3,400
Sotheby's, London, London, 30 March 1983, lot 125
Professor John Malins (1915 - 1992), 24 February 1939, GBP 21
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no.2708
Mary Ann Loveband (1865 - alive in 1951)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Inherited as part of a sketchbook containing FT765 to FT786.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
66th Annual Exhibition of Water Colour and Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1939, no. 106


Sidmouth is on the south Devon coast near Dorset.1 William Daniell’s view, published in 1814, is from much the same viewpoint.2 

circa 1814

Figure 1.
William Daniell, Sidmouth, Devon, circa 1814

Digital image courtesy of Tate Gallery, T02987

Both Towne and Daniell played down the signs of the resort’s fashionable beach economy, but bathing machines, roads, and smart new houses are very evident in Hubert Cornish’s 10-foot panorama, including Salcombe Cliffs and the eastern part of Sidmouth, which he drew in 1814 for his brother, Lord of the Manor of Salcombe Regis.3

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Donn 1965, pl.8b.
  2. 2 William Daniell, Sidmouth, ca. 1814 (Somers Cocks 2002).
  3. 3 Robert Havell after Hubert Cornish, Sidmouth Panorama, ca. 1815 (Somers Cocks 2002).

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