Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • The Cattewater
  • The Catwater, Plymouth
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Part of
  • 1815 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew's records


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 2 February 1939 Agnew’s (no.2704) sold this drawing to James Cyril Butterwick of Penn, Buckinghamshire (1890/1891–1966), who sold it back to Agnew’s (no.3696) on 6 January 1944 (also 774). Agnew’s sold it on 16 February 1944 to D. L. J. Perkins for £18, whereafter it was untraced until it was acquired by a private collector.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
D. L. J. Perkins (ca. 1902 - ?), 16 February 1944, GBP 18
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 6 January 1944, no.3696
James Cyril Butterwick, 2 February 1939
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 17 May 1938, GBP 60, no.2704
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


The Cattewater is the channel of water into which the River Plym flows as it heads into Plymouth Sound. It is unknown if the drawing is numbered, but in 1938 Agnew’s listed it eighteenth among the twenty-three works described in the sketchbook.

by Richard Stephens

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