Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Werrington
No date
Pen and ink, (?) watercolour
  • sheet, verso
  • “Werington”
Object Type
Outline only

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Paul Oppé notes; Barton Place catalogue


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 (BP225). This drawing was probably “One small coloured sketch trees Werington (no date)” given to Rose Merivale in June 1935 (presumably Rosamund Merivale, b.1912), whereafter it is untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Rosamund MacBrien (née Merivale, later Young) (1912), June 1935
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP225
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP225
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


Paul Oppé’s note reads: “Werrington n.d. Spotty ink thro’out foliage as tho to strengthen the 212 [FT589] manner. Quite light colour in places & dark shadows. Not hatched. But these spots everywhere. Ferns in ink foregrd R & L.”1 In another note Paul Oppé described FT614, measuring 240 x 305 mm, as “practically = [equal to] this drawing”.

See also the Comments at FT417 and FT604.

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Paul Oppé records: notes, ca. 1915.

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