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 watermarked “J WHATMAN 1808”
  • sheet, verso
  • “No.5. / Windsor Castle / from the Play Grounds at Eaton College. / Septr 12h. 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 15, for £12,500 to Leger Galleries; Leger sold it to Spink the same day. It was offered for sale at Sotheby’s on 30 November 2000, lot 231, but did not sell. It was sold again at Sotheby’s on 4 July 2001, lot 186, for £9,200. John Spink offered it for sale in November 2005 for £40,000.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection
John Spink, November 2005, GBP 40000
Sotheby's, London, London, 4 July 2001, GBP 9200, lot 186
Sotheby's, London, London, 30 November 2000, lot 231
Spink & Son, London, London, 12 November 1991
Leger Galleries, London, 12 November 1991, GBP 12500
Christie's, London, London, 12 November 1991, lot 15
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. 29
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 18


This is drawn from an area known as Fellows’ Eyot, a little further north and further up the Thames than the viewpoint of FT731.

by Richard Stephens

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