Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Windsor Castle from the Grounds of Eton College
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 172mm,
  • image width 510mm
two sheets
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.4. / Windsor Castle / from the Play Grounds / at Eaton College / Septr 12th. 1811 / Francis Towne”
Part of
  • 1811 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; 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. It descended to Merivale’s granddaughter Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale, d.1909) within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732, and thereafter within her family, until it was sold at Christie’s on 12 November 1991, lot 14, for £5,800 to Leger Galleries; Leger sold it to Spink the same day. It was sold again at Sotheby’s on 4 July 2001, lot 187, for £6,200. It was offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 30th November 2000, lot 232, but did not sell, and John Spink offered it for sale in November 2005 for £36,000. In February 2009 Maurice Dear was offering it for sale at £18,750.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
Maurice Dear, London, February 2009, GBP £18,750
John Spink, November 2005, GBP 36000
Sotheby's, London, London, 4 July 2001, lot 187
Sotheby's, London, London, 30 November 2000, lot 232
Spink & Son, London, 12 November 1991
Leger Galleries, London, 12 November 1991, GBP 5800
Christie's, London, London, 12 November 1991, lot 14
Janet Louisa Gibbs (née Merivale) (? - 1909)
Within a sketchbook containing FT715 to FT732.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
British Landscape Painting, Leger Galleries, 1992, no. 30
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 17


This is a view looking south to the buildings on the north terrace of Windsor Castle. “The Play Grounds at Eaton” is probably the area marked “Playing Fields” on W. Collier’s plan of Windsor and Eton dated 1742.1

by Richard Stephens


  1. 1 Reproduced in Roberts 1995, p.13.

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