Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Plymouth from Mount Edgcumbe
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 171mm,
  • image width 254mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “Plymouth from Mt Edgecumbe”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Sotheby’s records; Witt Library (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. This was not among the seventeen drawings sold by the Suttons to the Fine Art Society in 1963. Rather, it was sold by Mrs R. Sutton at Sotheby’s on 19 March 1970, lot 75, for £500 to Crockett, whereafter it is untraced. Very probably this is the drawing that the Fine Art Society sold to Helen Spankie ca. 1971 for £1,250.

Associated People & Organisations

[?] Helen Spankie, 1971, GBP 1250
[?] The Fine Art Society, London, London, 1971
Crockett, 19 March 1970, GBP 500
Sotheby's, London, London, 19 March 1970, lot 75
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 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
[?] 51st Exhibition of Early English Water-colours, Fine Art Society, 1971, no. 146 as 'Plymouth, Devon c.1810'


The spire of St Andrew’s Church, also visible in FT708, is in the right-hand distance.

by Richard Stephens

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