Description
Creator
Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
Title(s)
  • A South View in the New Forest
Date
1798/09/11
Medium
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
Dimensions
  • image height 180mm,
  • image length 490mm
Support
two sheets
Mount
mounted by the artist
Inscription
  • sheet, recto, lower left
  • “No1 / F Towne delt 1798”
Inscription
  • sheet, recto
  • indistinct colour notes
Inscription
  • artist's mount, verso
  • “No1 a South View in the New Forest / Francis Towne delt Septr 11, 1798 / From 10 till 3 o Clock”
Object Type
Watercolour

Collection
Catalogue Number
FT599
Description Sources
Leger records (image); Bury 1962

Provenance

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. By 1962 it was owned by his great-granddaughter Joyce Merivale Loveband (b.1895, alive in 1981) and she sold it at Sotheby’s on 16 July 1981, lot 92, for £8,500. It is thereafter untraced apart from its exhibition at Leger Galleries in 1988.

Associated People & Organisations

Untraced
Leger Galleries, London, 1988
Sotheby's, London, London, 16 July 1981, GBP 8500, lot 92
Joyce Merivale Loveband (1895), 1962
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Three Exeter Artists of the Eighteenth Century: Francis Hayman RA, Francis Towne, John White Abbott, Royal Albert Memorial Museum, 1951, no. 54
The Fitch Collection A Record of the Major English Watercolours and Drawings Collected by Dr Marc Fitch, Leger Galleries, 1988, no. 5
Bibliography
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, p. 150
Timothy Wilcox, Francis Towne, Tate Publishing: London, 1997, p. 136

Comment

The inclusion of colour notes indicates that Towne coloured the drawing in the studio or at some place other than that depicted.

by Richard Stephens

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