- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A Scene on the Banks of the Dee
- On the Dee
- Pencil, pen and black ink, watercolour
- image width 300mm,
- image length 484mm
- mounted by the artist on paper watermarked 'CK' and measuring 415 x 595mm
- sheet, recto, lower left
- “Francis Towne delt 1777 / No.40”
- in dark brown ink over a lighter brown ink
- artist's mount, verso
- “No.40./ A scene on the Banks of the Dee / drawn by Francis Towne / [over erased “July 17th. 1777” in dark brown ink is] on the Spot 1777”
- in brown ink, neat hand
- Object Type
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Examination; Agnew’s records; Museum records (image)
On 11 January 1961 this drawing was sold by Mrs L. S. Robinson to Agnew’s (no.1031), and on 8 March 1961 Agnew’s sold it for £700 to Paul Mellon (1907–1999), who gave it to the current owner, the Yale Center for British Art (B1977.14.6292; gift to Yale, December 1977). Probably this drawing had a Merivale provenance, as both the Yale and Agnew’s files assert. Furthermore, this drawing was acquired by Mellon at Agnew’s on the same day as four others formerly owned by Dr Walter Herman Hodgson Merivale. Might Mrs Robinson, therefore, have been a proxy for Merivale?
- Associated People & Organisations
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, 1977, B1977.14.6292
- Mr Paul Mellon (1907 - 1999), London, 8 March 1961, GBP 700
- Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 11 January 1961, no.1031
- L. S. Robinson, 1961
- [?] John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- [?] James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- Exhibition of Original Drawings at the Gallery, No.20 Lower Brook Street, Grosvenor Square, 20 Lower Brook Street, 1805, no. 27, 28, 29 or 43 as 'Banks of the Dee'
- An Exhibition of English Drawings and Water Colours from British Collections, National Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1962, no. 86
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 108
- 1 Oppé 1920, p.108.
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