Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • The Cascade in the Groves at Ambleside
ca. 1786/08
Pencil (?), pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 381mm,
  • image length 254mm
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Description Sources
Paul Oppé records; Christie’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 (BP139 or 141) and sold it to Miss L. Arthur of Butter Hill, Dorking, possibly in 1925 with two other drawings (314, 316). It was in the custody of Christie’s, where it was photographed, at some point subsequently and probably in 1973 when the two other Miss Arthur drawings were also consigned.

Associated People & Organisations

Miss L. Arthur, Dorking, 1925
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP139 or 141
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP139 or 141
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, pp. 121-122


This is one of four studies of Stock Ghyll Force in Ambleside, and one of three that are variants of the same view drawn from almost identical viewpoints (the others being FT515 and FT517).

by Richard Stephens

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