Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Scene in the City of Exeter between the Quaygate and Westgate
  • View Between The Quay Gate And West Gate Outside The City Walls
Pencil, pen and brown ink, watercolour, scratching out
  • image width 200mm,
  • image length 310mm
two sheets of laid paper
  • sheet, recto, lower right
  • “F.Towne. / delt 1791”
  • in brown ink
  • sheet, recto
  • colour indications all over: “redish/stone colour”, “old wall/burnt sienna” , “thatch”, “red wall”, “white”, “brown”, “white”, “old wall”
  • sheet, verso
  • This scene is in the City of Exeter / between the Quay Gate and / Westgate withoutside the / City Walls, drawn / on the Spot by / Francis Towne / Septr. 16. 1791”
  • in brown ink
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Description Sources
Examination; Sotheby's (image)


Untraced until 1951 when owned by Harriett C. Loraine. It was sold at Christie’s on 19 February 1954, lot 5, to the Fine Art Society for £210, who sold it for £285 on 4 May 1954 to Colonel C. Dawnay [presumably Montgomery’s aide-de-camp Lieutenant Colonel Christopher “Kit” Dawnay of Longparish; also 866]. It was sold by “a gentleman” at Sothebys on 21 March 2002, lot 116, for £18,000 to the current owner, the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter.

Associated People & Organisations

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Exeter, 21 March 2002, GBP 18000, 50/2002
Sotheby's, London, London, 21 March 2002, lot 116
Christopher Dawnay, 4 May 1954, GBP 285
The Fine Art Society, London, London, 4 May 1954, GBP 210
Christie's, London, London, 19 February 1954, lot 5
Harriett C. Loraine, 1951
Exhibition History
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 53
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 128
Sam Smiles & Michael Pidgley, The Perfection of England - Artist Visitors to Devon c.1750-1870 [an exhibition catalogue], University of Plymouth: Plymouth, 1995, pp. 57, 60, 97


This is a view at the southern end of Exeter just outside the city walls (which are visible in the top-right corner), looking up Higher Leat. The building on the left is Weeks Mill. The yellow sky from the west indicates an evening view.

by Richard Stephens

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