Louisa Heath Drury (née Merivale) (1787 - 1873)
  • Barton Place
ca. 1790 - 1810
Pencil, pen and grey ink, grey and blue washes
  • image height 260mm,
  • image width 375mm
paper watermarked with a Strasburg Lily design
  • sheet, verso
  • “Louisa [. . .] / Merivale” and “Louisa / View of Barton place”
Object Type
Monochrome wash

Catalogue Number
Description Sources
Examination; Christie’s records (image)


Part of the collection from Barton Place inherited by Maria Sophia Merivale (1853–1928) and Judith Ann Merivale (1860–1945) in May 1915 (BP257). On 12 April 1946 Judith Merivale’s executors sold it to Agnew’s (no.4564), where it was bought on 19 January 1948 for £12 12s. less 12s. 6d. for services by Sir William Worsley, Bt (1890–1973), whose family sold it at Christie’s on 5 June 2003, lot 52 (as by Louisa Ann Merivale, the artist’s daughter), to the current owner.

Associated People & Organisations

Private Collection, 5 June 2003
Christie's, London, London, 5 June 2003, lot 52
Sir William Worsley (1890 - 1973), 19 January 1948, GBP 12.12s
Thomas Agnew & Sons, London, 12 April 1946, no.4564
Judith Ann Merivale (1860 - 1945), Oxford, May 1915
Maria Sophia Merivale (1853 - 1928), Oxford, May 1915
Winslow Jones, 'Francis Towne Landscape Painter', Notes and Gleanings: a monthly magazine devoted chiefly to subjects connected with the counties of Devon and Cornwall, ed. William Cotton (ed.), No. 26: Exeter, 1890, p. 18
Adrian Bury, Francis Towne - Lone Star of Water-Colour Painting, Charles Skilton: London, 1962, pp. 47-48, letter of 26 June 1806
Anna Merivale, Family Memorials: Exeter, 1884, pp. 124, 369


This is a sketch of Barton Place, near Exeter, probably drawn in ca. 1790–1810, when Louisa Merivale was a frequent visitor to Barton Place.

by Richard Stephens

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