Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • A View going up from the Lake in Peamore Park
Pencil, pen and ink, grey wash
  • image width 273mm,
  • image length 425mm
  • verso
  • "A View Going up from the Lake in Peamore Park. Sept.26th. 1775"and numbered "61"
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Notebooks and papers of Paul Oppé (1878-1957), private collection

Museum's own information


Bequeathed by the artist in 1816 to James White (1744–1825) of Exeter, 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 (BP177). Judith Merivale retained it until at least 1945, in which year it was almost certainly sold to Squire Gallery, as Bernard Milling sold it on 24 July 1945 to the Fine Art Society (no.4125). On 30 May 1947 (16 May according to Davis’s records) it was sold by the Fine Art Society for £19 19s. to Gilbert Davis (1899–1983), whose collection was bought by the current owner, the Huntington Library, California (59.55.1270).

Associated People & Organisations

Gilbert Davis (1899 - 1983)
The Fine Art Society, London
Huntington Library, San Marino, California
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844)
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945)
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928)
Squire Gallery
James White (1744 - 1825)
Exhibition History
Winter Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 129
Autumn Exhibition of Early English Water-Colours and Drawings (2nd ed), Fine Art Society, 1946, no. 154
Exhibition of Early English Watercolours and Drawings, Fine Art Society, May 1946, no. 39


This is one of three drawings of Peamore Towne is known to have made in 1775 (FT061FT062FT063). 

The stock book at the Fine Art Society records a “Peamore Park” drawing with the same dimensions as this work, which was acquired on the same day, 24 July 1945. However, it was allocated a different stock number (no.4117), and the vendor was not Bernard Milling, but a Mr Ringer. Possibly Mr Ringer was a representative of Judith Merivale or her executors; possibly the sale did not go ahead through him (the entry above, another sale of a Towne from Mr Ringer [FT534], was crossed out). It seems unlikely, though, that the two stock book entries—for items 4117 and 4125—describe different drawings. Another Towne drawing sold by Judith Merivale to Milling was also sold by Mrs(?) Ringer(?) to Colnaghi’s, on 25 January 1946 (FT480).

by Richard Stephens

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