Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • Alphington
ca. 1793
Pen and ink, watercolour
  • sheet, verso
  • “Alphington” and “1793”

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Agnew's records; Paul Opp


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 (BP239) and in 1921 gave it to their nephew Philip Merivale (1886–1946). The drawing was subsequently in the collection of Mrs J. MacBrien, Philip Merivale’s daughter née Rosamund Merivale (b.1912), but is otherwise untraced.

Associated People & Organisations

Rosamund MacBrien (née Merivale, later Young) (1912)
Philip Merivale (1886 - 1946), 1921
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915, BP239
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915, BP239
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816


Alphington was a village two miles south of Exeter, near Peamore. Paul Oppé’s note reads: “239. Alphington 1793. Colour over strong hatching – Peamore 207 [FT544] stronger” and elsewhere “Fresh colour – Alphington”.1

by Richard Stephens


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

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