Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Powderham
ca. 1773 - 1780
Pencil, pen and ink, wash
  • image width 229mm,
  • image length 330mm
  • verso
  • "Powderham" and numbered "89"
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Notebooks and papers of Paul Oppé (1878-1957), private collection

Archives of Thomas Agnew & Sons


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White of Exeter (1744–1825), on whose death it reverted 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 drawings in May 1915 (BP171). The drawing was retained until at least October 1939, whereafter it is untraced, although Judith Merivale attempted unsuccessfully to sell it—probably through Squire Gallery—as she marked the Barton Place catalogue “returned Oct 39”.

Associated People & Organisations

James White (1744 - 1825)
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945)
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928)
Squire Gallery
Exhibition History
[?] Exhibition of Watercolours and Drawings from Francis Barlow to Henry Tonks, Squire Gallery, London, 1938, no. no.13


Paul Oppé’s note of this work reads:

171 app’ same paper [as FT043] 9 x 13 [229 x 330 mm]. Powderham 89. Tree R, water & hill, fort & trees. Also thin & fine & wash but the pen work is more crinkly, as a contour leaving rest of foliage blank. More hatching in trunks. Branches ending in nothing. Some pencilling left figures & foliage.1

It may be that Oppé’s “fort” is the Belvedere at Powderham, later at the centre of a series of views commissioned from Towne by Lord Courtenay.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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