Francis Towne (1739 - 1816)
  • At Radnor
Pencil, pen and grey ink, watercolour
  • image height 170mm,
  • image width 250mm
  • sheet, verso
  • “At Radnor”
Part of
  • 1810 Sketchbook
Object Type

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Phillips records (image); John Spink catalogue


Bequeathed by Francis Towne 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 within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714. This drawing was not among the seventeen from the book sold to the Fine Art Society by Mr and Mrs Sutton of New Zealand in 1963, but they or their successors sold the drawing at Phillips on 9 November 1999, lot 18, perhaps to the “Private Collection” from which it was loaned for exhibition in November 2005.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 9 November 1999
Phillips, London, 9 November 1999, lot 18
Mr & Mrs Sutton, New Zealand, 1963
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
The drawing was inherited within a sketchbook containing FT689 to FT714.
John Herman Merivale (1779 - 1844), 1825
James White (1744 - 1825), Exeter, 1816
Exhibition History
Francis Towne and his Friends, John Spink at Colnaghi, 2005, no. 15


John Spink gave the inscription, which was not noted by Phillips in 1999. The hills here are visible also in the background of FT700.

by Richard Stephens

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