Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Tree Study
No date
Pen and ink, blue wash
  • sheet, recto
  • “FT”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Paul Oppé 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 granddaughter Emily Harriet Buckingham inherited this drawing in 1915, whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Emily Harriet Buckingham (1853 - 1923), 1915
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
unidentified exhibition, Walker's Galleries, 1949, no. 152
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 34
Richard Seddon, 'Some Notable Watercolours of the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield', Old Watercolour Society's Club, ed. Adrian Bury (ed.): London, 1963, p. 25


Paul Oppé noted in the collection of Emily Buckingham a “pretty feeble tree, in ind ink & blue FT”.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records.

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