- Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
- A View looking up the River Exe
- No date
- Oil on canvas
- image height 1168mm,
- image length 1676mm
- canvas, recto, lower left
- canvas, verso
- “A View looking up the River Exe, Devonshire. Painted by Francis Towne in the year 1811, No.31 Devonshire Street, Portland Place. No.1.”
- Object Type
- Oil painting
- Catalogue Number
- Description Sources
- Bury; Paul Oppé records; Examination
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. In 1915 it seems to have been inherited by Major Antony Hubert Gibbs (1874–1957), and it remains in a private collection. If Oppé’s various descriptions of one or more large Exe estuary oil paintings can be reconciled, this would also have been in the possession of Merivale’s grandson Reginald Merivale (1852–1937), at an uncertain date, but by 1919.
- Associated People & Organisations
- Private Collection
- Major Anthony Hubert Gibbs (1874 - 1957), 1915
- [?] Reginald Merivale (1852 - 1937)
- John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
- James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
- Exhibition History
- Works of British artists placed in the Gallery of the British Institution, Pall-Mall for exhibition and Sale, British Institution, 1812, no. 157 as 'A view looking up the river Exe, in Devonshire, measuring 1549 x 2032mm'
- Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 65, 104, 117, 150 (as 'A View looking up the River Exe, Devonshire measuring 1676 x 1168mm')
- Paul Oppé, 'Francis Towne, Landscape Painter', The Walpole Society: London, 1920, p. 101
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