Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Thirteen Miles on the Road from Rome to Tivoli
  • Between Rome and Tivoli
Pencil, pen and ink, grey wash
  • image width 243mm,
  • image length 374mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “13 miles on the road from Rome to Tivoli”, numbered “11”, and dated 26 April 1781
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
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 (BP9). In February 1935 Judith Merivale sold it to Squire Gallery for £6 6s. (see, however, FT265). It was subsequently owned by J. P. Chancellor, who sold it at Christie’s on 7 March 1972, lot 63, where it was bought by the Manning Gallery. It was owned by Anthony Reed between 1972 and 1974 and by Mrs Muriel Hirst between 1974 and 1979; prior to being on sale at W/S Fine Art Ltd in 2005, it was owned again by Anthony Reed. Either this drawing or FT255 is ,On the road from Rome to Tivoli, Apl 1781 sold to Agnew’s (no.4003) on 26 October 1944 for £35 by Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888–1957), son of Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861–1943). Agnew’s sold it on 24 July 1945 for £45 to Hon. Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman (1903–2000).

Associated People & Organisations

Anthony Reed (20th century), 2005
Sotheby's, London, London
W S Fine Art, 2005
Mrs Muriel Hirst, 1974
Anthony Reed (20th century), 1972
Manning Gallery, 7 March 1972
Christie's, London, London, 7 March 1972, lot 73
J. P. Chancellor
[?] Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman (1903 - 2000), 24 July 1945, GBP 45
[?] Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 26 October 1944, GBP 35, no.4003
no.4003 may refer to either this drawing, or FT255
[?] Michael Thomas Harvey Sadleir (1888 - 1957)
[?] Sir Michael Ernest Sadler (1861 - 1943)
Squire Gallery, London, February 1935, GBP 6.6s
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP9
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP9
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Private Collection
Exhibition History
[?] 72nd Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1945, no. 38 as 'Between Rome and Tivoli'
Watercolours and Drawings, W/S Fine Art Ltd Andrew Wyld, 2005, no. 7

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