Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A Scene on the Banks of the Dee
Pencil, pen and ink, watercolour
  • image width 216mm,
  • image length 273mm
  • sheet, recto, lower centre
  • “F.Towne. delt. 1777 / No.42.” with an erased date
  • sheet, verso
  • “Scene on [the?] Banks of the Dee”
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Paul Oppé notes; Agnew’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. Merivale’s granddaughters Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945), both of Oxford, inherited the drawing in May 1915 (BP123). In March 1936 (May according to the Barton Place catalogue) Judith Merivale sold it to Agnew’s (no.1866) for £18, who sold it the same day for £24 to David, Viscount Eccles (1904–1999). In 1969 it was on sale at John Baskett but it is otherwise untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

John Baskett (1907), 1969
Viscount David Eccles (1904 - 1999), March 1936, GBP 25
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, March 1936, GBP 18, no. 1866
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP123
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP123
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'
Annual Exhibition of Water-Colour & Pencil Drawings, Thomas Agnew & Sons, 1936, no. 144
Exhibition of old master and English drawings, John Baskett, 1969, no. 24
Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 108


Oppé’s note reads: “123. 8½ x 10¾ [216 x 273 mm] Scene on Banks of the Dee date on front erased [. . .] crumble outline, full green & yellow. Green brushed water, much gum & brush hatching. Yellow and red lurid sky. Heavy shadows.”1 This was probably drawn on 17 July 1777, as four of Towne’s Dee Valley views bear that date.

by Richard Stephens


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

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